Andy Warhol, ‘Martin Buber’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Title: Martin Buber 228
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1980
Size: 40” x 32”
Details: Edition of 200, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created this portrait of Martin Buber in 1980 for his portfolio Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Warhol was fascinated with how influential the scholar and philosopher is, leading the pop artist to choose Buber as one of his Jewish geniuses. Martin Buber is known for his retelling of the Hasidic tales, metaphysical writings, and the role he played in the founding of Israel. He is one of the most influential Jewish figures of all time. Based on a famous photograph of Martin Buber, Warhol employed his signature color blocking technique to create a collage-like texture in shades of blue, purple, green, and orange. The details of Buber’s face and beard are accented with red and black crayon-like outlines. The dramatic color scheme and close-up focus of this portrait by Andy Warhol emphasize the genius exhibited by Martin Buber during his lifetime.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York; Jonathan A Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel

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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