Andy Warhol, ‘Kiss (FS 11.8)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Kiss (FS 11.8)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery

This piece was developed for the “Seven Objects in a Box” project, containing pieces by seven different artists.

Signature: Edition of 75, 25 AP lettered A – Y; signature embossed and number incised on plexiglass. Printed by Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc. in New York. Published by Tanglewood Press, Inc. in New York.

Kiss 8 is derived from a still from one of Warhol’s earliest film works. This project was made in response to sensors that prohibited Hollywood films from allowing lips to touch and linger for more than three seconds. Andy Warhol shot male/female, female/female and male/male kisses that lasted for three whole minutes. He began showing these films in 1963, which were shown in installments, ultimately leading to a 55-minute long version. Some of the kissers include artist Marisol and Robert Indiana. Warhol’s screen print from this film was featured in Rosa Esman’s 7 Objects in a Box. Esman is an art dealer turned art publisher that works for Tanglewood Press Inc. She designed a simple art-packing crate to contain 7 inventive multiple works that capture the movement, medium and philosophy of art. Other such items include Great American Nude by Tom Wesselmann, Chicken by George Segal, Roy Lichtenstein’s Sunrise and Claes Odenburg’s Baked Potato.

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