Andy Warhol, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen II 128’, 1975, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen II 128’, 1975, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen II 128’, 1975, Revolver Gallery

Title: Ladies and Gentlemen (FS II.128)
Medium: Screenprint on Arches Paper.
Year: 1975
Size: 43 1/3″ x 28 1/2″
Edition: Edition of 250, 25 AP, 1PP signed, numbered, and dated ‘75 in pencil on verso. Portfolio of 10.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (FS II.128)

Ladies and Gentlemen (FS II.128) by Andy Warhol is part of his Ladies and Gentlemen series that tackled the socio-political issues of cross-dressers. This print features a photo portrait and is transposed by blocks of color, emphasizing the glamorous and eccentric nature of crossdressing men and women.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (FS II.128) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

The Ladies and Gentlemen series is comprised of portraits of cross-dressers from a New York City nightclub called, The Gilded Grape. Warhol took the cross-dressers’ portrait with a Polaroid Big Shot camera and then transferred the image onto silk screen. This was the same process he used on celebrities and other famous figures. Warhol told the cross-dressers to dress and pose however they wished. None of the subjects are famous but Warhol brings out the style and glamour in each portrait. The idea for the the Ladies and Gentlemen series, consisting of images of drag queens, came from a protegeé of art dealer Alexander Iolas named Anselmino, who had previously commissioned Warhol to do an edition of one hundred prints of Warhol’s Man Ray portrait. When Warhol went to Torino to sign the prints, Anselmino suggested he do a series of drag queens, suggesting portraits of Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling – not realizing that Candy Darling was dead. Instead, Warhol used models found at the The Gilded Grape on West 45th Street, frequented by Black and Hispanic transvestites.

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