Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku (FS II307)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku (FS II307)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku (FS II307)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Title: Kiku (FS II307)
Medium: Screenprint on Rives BFK paper.
Year: 1983
Size: 19 5/8″ x 26″
Edition: Edition of 300. Portfolio of three screenprints.

KIKU (FS II307)

Artists have looked to still life studies comprised of flowers as a subject matter for paintings and drawings for centuries. Throughout Andy Warhol’s career, he created numerous paintings and screenprints that are based on flowers. in 1983, he created a series based on the Kiku flower. The Kiku, better known as the Chrysanthemum, is a Japanese flower which signifies Autumn in Japan, the time in which it blooms.

KIKU (FS II307) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

Andy Warhol created numerous paintings that are based on Flowers. He did so in a very unique way, in which he respected the flower’s natural structure, but he added bright colors and highlights. His Flowers series where Warhol appropriated, arranged and cropped four blossoms in eccentric colors are some of his most famous paintings. While the Flowers (Black and White) and Flowers (Hand-colored) series possess a more gestural quality, and feel more like studies. In the early 1980s, Warhol was approached by the Gendai Hanga Center in Tokyo to produce paintings of flowers. Kiku is the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, a flower that traditionally represents the Japanese emperor and Imperial House. This flower inspired the screenprints Warhol created.

Signature: Unsigned

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