Andy Warhol, ‘Mammy (FS II.262) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mammy (FS II.262) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mammy (FS II.262) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mammy (FS II.262) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mammy (FS II.262) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery

Title: Mammy 262
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust.
Year: 1981
Size: 38″ x 38″
Edition: Edition of 30 AP, signed and numbered in pencil. All regular edition prints have diamond dust. Portfolio of 10.

Andy Warhol created Mammy 262 for his Myths portfolio in 1981. Myths consists of ten screenprints, each featuring a recognizable character from American popular culture from the 1950’s television or Old Hollywood films. Mammy is an archetypal character that is present in many different forms and can be seen in movies like Gone With the Wind (1939) and comic strips and cartoons like Tom and Jerry (1940). The Mammy figure is portrayed mostly as a positive maternal figure, as seen in this screenprint by Andy Warhol. By including Mammy alongside beloved characters such as Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus Andy Warhol depicts an intricate and developed narrative of American Pop culture in his Myths portfolio.

Series: Myths, 1981

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York

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