Andy Warhol, ‘Fish (FS IIIA.39)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Fish (FS IIIA.39)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Title: Fish (FS IIIA.39)
Medium: Screenprint on Wallpaper
Year: 1983
Size: 41 3/4” x 30″
Details: Unpublished edition of unknown size. Screenprint in black and white on wallpaper. ‘The Estate of Andy Warhol’ and ‘Authorized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ ink stamps on the reverse.

FISH (FS IIIA.39)

In 1983, Andy Warhol’s Zurich art dealer, Bruno Bischofberger, asked him to make a series of paintings for children. In response, Warhol created his Toy Paintings and chose inspiration from his own collection such as fish, monkeys, dogs, pandas, and more. The paintings were hung at eye-level so children ages 3 to 5 could easily see the backdrop of Warhol’s Fish (FS IIIA.39) wallpaper. The wallpaper transformed the gallery walls into an aquarium-like environment. The playful exhibition reflected children’s freedom of experimentation and captured the overall sense of a child’s world.

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