Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Full Suite’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Full Suite’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Full Suite’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Full Suite’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Full Suite’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Gotti Full Suite’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: John Gotti Complete Portfolio
Medium: Screenprint with Colored Paper Collage.
Year: 1986
Size: 31” x 24”
Details: 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.

JOHN GOTTI COMPLETE PORTFOLIO FULL SUITE AS PART OF A LARGER BODY OF WORK

The John Gotti Complete Portfolio was printed in 1986. The unique suite of screenprints with colored paper collage are part of Andy Warhol’s commissioned work. Similar to FS III.B50, these unique screenprints are numbered respectively on the reverse side as: 115.153; 115.154; 115.156; 115.161; 115.163.

John Gotti was a famous mobster from the Gambino crime family. Charged with murder, loansharking, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, tax evasion and more, he was, and is, considered the most infamous member of the Mafia. Andy Warhol had been known for his portraits at the time and caught the attention of Time magazine in 1986, which was dedicating a cover to Gotti in their “Mafia on Trial” September issue. It was during this time that Gotti had been arrested and was standing trial for racketeering, for which he was acquitted. Six years later, he was charged for murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Warhol was known for creating portraits of the beautiful and glamorous, but when Time magazine commissioned him to make this cover, he had a new type of subject to add to his portfolio. Although Gotti did not fit into Warhol’s usual movie star-musician-artist circle, he did possess some of the attributes that Warhol loved about celebrity life. Gotti was known as “Dapper Don” because of his personality in front of news cameras and his expensive clothing. He was glamorous in his own right, and a celebrity in his crime driven world, the public knew John Gotti’s name.

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