Andy Warhol, ‘Martha Graham Complete Portfolio (FS II.387-389)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Martha Graham Complete Portfolio is a portfolio of three screenprints created by Andy Warhol 1986 that includes Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387), Lamentation (FS II.388), and Letter to the World (The Kick) (FS II.389). Known as the mother of the modern movement, Graham’s influence is immensely profound on performing arts culture. Ahead of her contemporaries, she was the first dancer to perform at the White House and founded the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. She once said, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable. (New York Times, 1985)” Since 1929, Graham danced professionally until her retirement in 1958; however, she continued to teach at her dance company until her death in 1991 at the age of 96.

Signature: Satyric Festival Song is signed by Martha Graham on verso.

Publisher: Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith. Published by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, 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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York