Andy Warhol, ‘Gun by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery

Title: Gun
Medium: Synthetic Polymer Paint and Silkscreen Ink on Canvas
Year: 1981-1982
Size: 16” x 20” inches
Details: Unique. Stamped twice by the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc

Andy Warhol created his unique painting Gun in the early 1980s for a series of paintings commenting on the commercialization of violence. It is one piece that exemplifies his fascination with death. Warhol created this painting thirteen years after Valerie Solanas shot him, an experience he never fully recovered from. This particular Gun painting depicts the same .32 revolver that Valerie Solanas used to shoot him. The monochromatic color scheme leaves no questions as to Warhol’s intent in creating the painting. It is instead a straightforward depiction of the weapon, boldly asking the viewer to reflect on the impact of gun violence and its role in media and society. Warhol’s Gun is in pristine condition, and is authenticated by both the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Estate of Andy Warhol.

Signature: Stamped twice by the Estate of Andy Warhol and 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