Andy Warhol, ‘Myths: The Shadow’, 1981, Shapero Modern

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., New York

The Shadow’ was one of several popular, American fictional characters that Warhol drew inspiration from for a series of prints called ‘Myths’ in 1981. This figure (The Shadow) first appeared on the radio in the 1930s before the stories were developed into a comic-strip. For other prints in the series Warhol had models dress up as different characters but for this photo, which was a basis for a print, he dispensed with The Shadow’s broad-rimmed hat, black cloak and red scarf and simply had himself photographed with a strong, cast shadow of his profile. Warhol identified with this character which had no substance. As he said in 1967: “If you want to know about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it”.

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