Andy Warhol, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen Complete Portfolio (FS II.128-137)’, 1975, Revolver Gallery

Warhol’s Ladies and Gentleman portfolio explored the socio-political issues relating to drag queens, and featured famous drag queens from the famed New York nightclub The Gilded Grape. Warhol told the ladies they could dress and pose how ever they wanted for the portraits. He took Polaroid photographs of the ladies and then transferred the image onto silk screen, giving the works a pop art twist with vibrant blocks of color.

Series: Ladies and Gentlemen

Signature: 125, 25 AP, 1 PP, signed, numbered, and dated ’75 in pencil on verso.

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