Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku Complete Portfolio (FS II.307-309)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Andy Warhol’s Kiku Complete Portfolio, was a collection that he was requested to do in 1982 by the Gendai Hanga center in Tokyo. Warhol appealed very strongly to Japanese collectors, especially after 1974 when he held a retrospective of his paintings in the Daimaru Department store in Tokyo. This began a long standing relationship between Warhol and Japanese Art Collectors and Dealers. Thereafter, sometime between 1982 and 1983 a gentleman named Atsuko introduced Warhol to someone from the Gendai Hanga Center, who then asked him to make a collection tailored specifically for the Japanese. The gentleman who approached Andy from the Gendai Hanga Center, knew that Warhol liked flowers and had made prints of them before. He was especially referring to the hand colored flowers edition in 1974 which were based on Ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangements. Andy agreed and created Andy Warhol’s ‘Kiku Complete Portfolio for his Japanese audience.

Series: Andy Warhol’s Kiku Complete Portfolio focused on particular images of the Kiku flower, which when translated to English is called the Chrysanthemum flower. This flower is a traditional symbol for the Japanese Emperor or Imperial House. Creating prints of this flower intrigued Andy, he created 43 unique variations and collages of the flower. He then created variations of single, double and groups of Chrysanthemum. The collages were the original works, based on which selections were made on which to do the silk screens on. The final edition has 300 portfolios with 3 prints in each. The work was small and had to be, because Japanese people lived in small houses and apartments.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States