Andy Warhol, ‘Georges Marciano’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Georges Marciano’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Georges Marciano’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Georges Maricano was created in 1980 by Andy Warhol. Marciano, the co-founder of the American clothing brand GUESS?, appreciated Warhol’s unparalleled art form and commissioned a piece from the artist. Taking one of Marciano’s pictures, Warhol transformed his image into one of his pop art creations. Marciano once said, “I’ve always been a collector… I love beautiful things and art and culture definitely fall into this category… I believe that culture and art are important because they are closely linked to fashion. They are a true expression of the self just like my other passion – fashion.”

Andy Warhol was at the forefront of his career in the pop art movement creating commissioned portraits of iconic American celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley. He experienced a flood of commissions from an array of individuals hoping to be part of his collection. Having one’s portrait painted by Warhol carried a high amount of prestige and class. It was considered a form of social validation and public acceptance. Warhol’s portrait of Marciano hangs in Marciano’s hotel, L’Hotel, in the Old Port of Montreal.

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States