Andy Warhol, ‘Louis Brandeis (Unique) by Andy Warhol ’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Louis Brandeis (Unique) by Andy Warhol ’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Louis Brandeis (Unique) by Andy Warhol ’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Louis Brandeis (Unique) by Andy Warhol ’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Louis Brandeis (Unique) by Andy Warhol ’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Title: Louis Brandeis (Unique)
Medium: Screenprint ink on paper laid down on canvas.
Year: 1980
Size: 47 1/2 ” x 35 1/4″ inches
Inscription: Unique. Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc stamp on verso.
Price: $20,000 – for price category.

Louis Brandeis was an American lawyer and was the first Jew to be appointed to the Supreme Court Justice in 1916. Brandeis had graduated from Harvard Law School and settled in Boston. Brandeis made a name for himself by championing socially progressive issues, and became known as “the people’s attorney.” His writings on individual rights of privacy was a new concept and has had lasting impacts on American society. Brandeis later became involved in the Zionist movement.
Louis Brandeis is a part of Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century series. Brandeis’ championing of privacy is an interesting contrast to Warhol’s fascination in pop culture’s lack thereof, in celebrity. Warhol was prolific in creating portraits of celebrities and was well known for his fascination with fame. It is noted that Warhol’s portraiture tends to reveal only the surface of a subject, just their image. In this series of portraits, the type of celebrity Warhol deals with is not so glamorous or typical of his usual pick of movie or rock stars.

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