Andy Warhol, ‘Mr. Pritzker’, 1982, Revolver Gallery

Title: Mr. Pritzker
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen inks on canvas
Year: 1982
Size: 40″ × 40″ in
Details: Signed ‘Andy Warhol’ and dated ‘82’ (on the overlap)

MR. PRITZKER

Famous hotelier, Jay Pritzker, founder of the Hyatt hotel chain and creator of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, was created in Andy Warhol’s Socialites series. Mr. Pritzker was celebrated on the world’s financial news pages for his business acumen. He took a keen interest in what he called the personality of hotels: deluxe, super deluxe or simply luxury. He founded the Pritzker Architectural Prize to encourage not only a greater public awareness of buildings, but also to inspire greater creativity within the architectural profession.

MR. PRITZKER AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

At the forefront of his career in the pop art movement, Andy Warhol experienced a flood of commissions from an array of individuals hoping to be part of his collection. To have a portrait painted by Warhol carried incredible prestige and in many circles was considered the ultimate form of social validation. The subjects of the portraits in Andy’s Socialites series were members of the social elite who wished to be elevated to the status of his other subjects – iconic brands and superstars, but Warhol did more than just iconify his subjects; he immortalized them.

Signature: Signed ‘Andy Warhol’ and dated ‘82’ (on the overlap)

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