Andy Warhol, ‘Liz (FS II.7)’, 1964, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Liz (FS II.7)’, 1964, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Liz (FS II.7)’, 1964, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Liz (FS II.7)’, 1964, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Liz (FS II.7)’, 1964, Revolver Gallery

Title: Liz 7
Medium: Offset lithograph on paper
Year: 1964
Size: 23 ¼ x 23 ¼
Edition: Edition of approximately 300, signed and dated in ballpoint pen.

Andy Warhol created this lithograph portrait of Liz Taylor in 1964 based on a photograph for her film Butterfield 8. It was well known that Warhol was fascinated with fame and the private lives of celebrities. Liz Taylor was the picture of glamor and a fixture in the tabloids due to her multiple marriages and health issues. Warhol emphasizes her glamor by printing her portrait on a vibrant red background. She is made up with red lips, turquoise eye shadow, and winged eyeliner that emphasizes the star’s allure and make her look as if she is glowing. Liz is exemplary of Warhol’s pop art portraiture and obsession with celebrity. This particular edition has a special provenance. Warhol himself gifted it to famed art collector Marcia Weisman, and it later became part of the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

Signature: Signed and dated in ball-point pen on lower right corner.

Publisher: Leo Castelli, New York

Marcia Weisman

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