Andy Warhol, ‘Jane Fonda, F/S #II.268’, 1982, Julien's Auctions: Street Art Evening Sale
Andy Warhol, ‘Jane Fonda, F/S #II.268’, 1982, Julien's Auctions: Street Art Evening Sale
Andy Warhol, ‘Jane Fonda, F/S #II.268’, 1982, Julien's Auctions: Street Art Evening Sale

Andy Warhol’s colorful portraits of Jane Fonda show a daring and emblazoned Fonda in the height of her 1970’s Barbarella fervor. Warhol’s penchant for capturing, studying and creating celebrity through his print making process defined American cultural consciousness. Everyone in America knew who Fonda and what Fonda was – the definition of an elite sex symbol who graced the silver screen with a joie-de-vie that was unobtainable. By creating her image in print form of an edition of 100 with 20 artist proofs, 3 printer’s proofs and 25 test proofs, Warhol made the unobtainable, attainable.Warhol and Fonda are said to have become acquainted with one another during Fonda’s infamous marriage to director/producer Roger Vadim. The two frequented Warhol’s most renowned watering hole outside of the Factory, Max’s Kansas City, a restaurant-nightclub located on Park Avenue South, where they encountered Warhol and his entourage, including Candy Darling, Viva, Eric Emerson and his flagship band, The Velvet Underground. One of her and Vadim’s many trips to New York, Fonda began seeing Eric Emerson and later took him as her lover. Fonda began to frequent the Factory and became fast friends with Warhol.The accented blue and red lines in Fonda’s hair portray a comic book like quality which was used by Pop artists of the time. Her vibrant red lips encourage the myth of Fonda as America’s most recognized sex symbol akin to Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. The portrait is said to have been done in the likeness of a Polaroid which Andy Warhol shot. The Polaroid camera was a tool that allowed Warhol to further democratize the process of art-making encouraging his point and shoot mentality of an image of instant celebrity.

Signature: Signed in graphite lower left "Andy Warhol"

Feldman, Fraya, and Jorg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: a Catalogue Raisonné, 4th edition. New York: DAP, 2003. p 124, #11/268.

Gift from the Artist, The Collection of Jane Fonda

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2014
2014
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation
2011
Made in Italy, Gagosian, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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