Andy Warhol, ‘Marx Brothers (FS II.232)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Andy Warhol created Marx Brothers 232 in 1980 as part of the series Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Chico Marx is at the top of the print, with his brother Groucho in the middle and their brother Harpo on the bottom. Seeing as all three men died before Warhol created the series, the photo that this print was based off of is a still frame from the 1946 film A Night in Casablanca.

The Marx Brothers 232 print is yet another example of Warhol’s fascination with stardom. Chico (1887-1961), Harpo (1888-1964) and Groucho (1890-1977) Marx garnered fame for their comedy acts throughout the early to mid 20th century. They were featured in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures. This kind of fame drew Warhol to them. The series itself has sparked controversy both nationally and internationally. The Marx Brothers portrait is one of ten in the series Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Other famous and renowned Jews who make up the series include Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein and Sigmund Freud.

Signature: Edition of 200, 30 AP, 5 PP, 3 EP, 25 TP, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.

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

Group Shows

2016
New York,
Art Basel Miami Beach
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
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