Andy Warhol, ‘Mickey Mouse (FS II.265) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mickey Mouse (FS II.265) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mickey Mouse (FS II.265) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mickey Mouse (FS II.265) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mickey Mouse (FS II.265) ’, 1981, Revolver Gallery

Title: Mickey Mouse 265
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Boards with Diamond Dust
Year: 1981
Size: 38” x 38”
Details: Edition of 200, signed and numbered in pencil lower left. Portfolio of 10.

Andy Warhol created Mickey Mouse 265 in 1981 for his Myths portfolio. Myths features ten recognizable characters representative of American popular culture. In addition to Mickey Mouse, other characters Warhol included are Greta Garbo as Mata Hari (the Star), Uncle Sam, Superman, the Wicked Witch of the West, Mammy, Howdy Doody, Dracula, Santa Clause, and the Shadow. Each character represents a different facet of Andy Warhol’s personality and the defining legends of American culture. Known for his celebrity portraiture, Myths was the first portfolio in which Warhol featured portraits of fictional icons. His portrait of Mickey Mouse is a mostly black and white image with red and orange outlines and a bright red tongue in his open-mouthed smile. The print is sprinkled with diamond dust, a gift Warhol received from a friend at the factory and incorporated into his artistic process. Andy Warhol’s Mickey Mouse is representative of the pop artist’s celebrity portraiture as well as his keen awareness of American popular culture.

Series: Myths, 1981

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

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