Andy Warhol, ‘George Gershwin 231 by Andy Warhol’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Title: George Gershwin 231
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1980
Size: 40” x 32”
Edition: Edition on 200, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created George Gershwin in 1980 for his portfolio Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Gershwin was an American composer, known for his pieces such as “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris.” His musical compositions well known and continue to be widely used in areas of popular culture. Warhol is well known for his celebrity portraits and fascination with celebrity, and this portrait is exemplary of that allure. True to his pop art style, Warhol used his signature color blocking technique, diving up the print into sections of orange, red, pink, and green with a blue gradient accenting the details. Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century includes this portrait of George Gershwin alongside other influential Jewish figures.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York; Jonathan A Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel

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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