Andy Warhol, ‘Energy Power by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Energy Power by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Energy Power by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Energy Power by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Energy Power
Medium: Acrylic Paint and Silkscreen Ink on Canvas.
Size: 26” x 20”
Details: Unique. Stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol and twice by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual Arts, Inc.

Andy Warhol created Energy Power for his Ads and Illustrations series. Energy Power is a bold and powerful painting that evokes feelings of unease founded in the Cold War era. All the works belonging to the series were created between 1985 and 1986 during the time of the Cold War, which contextually becomes quite apparent in Warhol’s image choices. The series features other images such as Russian missile bases, maps of Iran and Afghanistan displayed next to common consumer items like sneakers, hamburgers and motorbikes. This black and white painting portrays a hand cradling a symbol of nuclear power, which was a looming anxiety shared by Americans at that time. The quick, gestural lines along with the stark black and white contrast further contribute to the piece’s impact. For the portfolio Warhol appropriated old advertisements from magazines and fliers, and tracing over them with a crude yet elegant hand-drawn line. This painting is featured in one of Andy Warhol’s most thought provoking portfolios.

Signature: Stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol and twice by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual Arts, Inc.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

2016
New York,
Art Basel Miami Beach
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
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