Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (FS II.68)’, 1970, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (FS II.68)’, 1970, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (FS II.68)’, 1970, Revolver Gallery

Title: Flowers (FS II.68)
Medium: Screenprint on Paper.
Year: 1970
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some dated. Portfolio of 10.

FLOWERS 68

Flowers 68 is a screenprint from one of Andy Warhol’s most popular series. It is well known and a favorite among Andy Warhol collectors. Many of Andy Warhol’s sources of content comes from appropriated material. Warhol would often find his imagery for his screen prints in advertisements and magazines. Based on a photograph by the nature photographer Patricia Caulfield, Warhol made prints of the hibiscus flowers with petals in contrasting colors. The vibrant and bright color combinations in these works are characteristically Warhol. The artist’s choice in cropping the image into a square format gives a unique opportunity for the piece to be viewed in varying ways.

FLOWERS 68 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

Following Andy Warhol’s famously censored work The Thirteen Most Wanted Men, which featured the mug shots of criminals, Warhol created the Flowers portfolio in the 1970s. Flowers are often representative of fragility and purity, the paintings then were a drastic departure in content following the display of The Thirteen Most Wanted Men. At the time Warhol created these works, the Flower Power movement was well established and while the artist himself was not a part of the movement, it was perhaps an influence in the making of these works. Warhol continued with floral imagery in his portfolios Flowers (Black and White) and Flowers (Hand-Colored).

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