Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Complete Portfolio by Andy Warhol ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: John Gotti Complete Portfolio
Medium: Screenprint with Colored Paper Collage.
Year: 1986
Size: 31” x 24”
Edition: Unique. Stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art, Inc. Based on photographs of John Gotti for the cover of Time magazine, September 19, 1986 issue.

Andy Warhol created the John Gotti Complete Portfolio in 1986 as part of Andy Warhol’s Commissioned Work. At the time, Warhol had been known for his portraits and Time magazine became interested in Warhol due to the magazine dedicating a cover to Gotti in their “Mafia on Trial” September issue. John Gotti, a famous mobster from the Gambino crime family, was charged with murder, loansharking, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, tax evasion, and more. Gambino was, and still is, considered the most infamous member of the Mafia. Six years after the time that Gotti was arrested and acquitted for racketeering, he was charged for murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Andy Warhol at the time was known for creating glamorous and beautiful portraits. When Time magazine commissioned him for the cover, Warhol’s subject matter changed from his typical glamorous pop art style portfolio. Although Gotti did not fit into Warhol’s usual subjects, such as movie stars, artists, or musicians, he did possess some attributes that Warhol loved about celebrity life. Gotti was known as “Dapper Don” because of his personality in front of the news cameras and his expensive clothing style. He was glamorous in his own right, and a public celebrity in a crime driven world. For this reason, Warhol gladly accepted the commission and created the unique suite of screenprints with colored paper collage numbered respectively on the reverse side. Collectors always enjoy this specific Andy Warhol portfolio due to the unique pop art representation of a rare celebrity figure.

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

2017
Andy Warhol: Lips, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Andy Warhol: Lips, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
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
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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