Andy Warhol, ‘ Martin Buber TP (FS IIB.228)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Martin Buber Trial Proof 228 was one of ten screenprints created in the series Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. In 1980, a publisher in Tel Aviv asked Andy Warhol to create a portfolio on Jewish figures of the twentieth century. Warhol was captivated by luminaries of the Jewish culture, and he referred to them as his “Jewish Geniuses.” Warhol selected Martin Buber (1878 – 1965), the renowned Hasidic scholar and philosopher. Buber’s metaphysical writings, as well as his retelling of Hasidic tales, have made him one of the most popular Jewish scholars of all time. His involvement in the founding of the State of Israel, also makes him, for many, one of the fathers of the modern Israeli state.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

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