Andy Warhol, ‘Mick Jagger (F&S II 140)’, 1975, New River Fine Art

The collaboration between artist and musician for this series of ten screenprints melded perfectly with his obsession with celebrity icons as subject matter.
Warhol had met Jagger in 1963 when the Rolling Stones were not well known in the United States. Andy Warhol particularly liked Jagger’s photogenic, ‘bad-boy’ image and had designed the band’s provocative album cover Sticky Fingers with its focus on a man’s crotch and a zipper that opened. By the 1970s, they were friends and frequenters of the New York club scene. By that time, Warhol no longer relied on found imagery but rather, preferred to take his own photographs. At this time, Warhol was experimenting with the ‘hand-made’ look by additions of collage elements using torn cheap graphic Color Aid papers, which were produced in a seemingly endless array of colors. The collaboration, works so well because it manages to capture the essence of both parties involved. Warhol and Jagger were both shrewd businessmen and further increased the value of each screenprint by both autographing the prints.

Signature: Signed and numbered 6/250 in pencil, also signed by Mick Jagger in blue ink (there were also 50 artist's proofs), published by Seabird Editions, London (with their copyright inkstamp on the reverse)

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