Andy Warhol, ‘Karen Kain (FS II236)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Karen Kain (FS II236)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Karen Kain (FS II236)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Title: Karen Kain (FS II236)
Medium: Screenprint with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1980
Size: 40″x 32″
Edition: 200, 30 AP, 5 PP, 25 TP. Signed and numbered in pencil lower right. The edition of 200 is also signed by Karen Kain. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith in New York. Published by William Hechter in Toronto, Canada.

KAREN KAIN (FS II236)

Kain is a Canadian ballet dancer who trained at the National Ballet School of Canada. She later became the artistic director at the National Ballet School of Canada. This screenprint is based off a photograph of the dancer. The portrait is embellished with blocks of vibrant yellows, oranges, purples and blues.

KAREN KAIN (FS II236) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

The Karen Kain portrait is a colored screen print created with diamond dust on Lenox museum board in 1980. Karen Kain captivated Warhol as she did to audiences around the world who watched her as a principal ballet dancer in the National Ballet of Canada. The screen print was based off of an Polaroid taken by Warhol in his famed studio, The Factory. Kain admitted to it taking many years to warm up to the portrait done of her, her print now proudly hangs in her dining room.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower right. The edition of 200 is also signed by Karen Kain.

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