Andy Warhol, ‘ Portraits Of The Artists (FS II.17)’, 1967, Revolver Gallery

Title: Portraits Of The Artists (FS II.17)
Medium: Screenprint on One Hundred Colored Polystyrene Boxes in Ten Colors.
Year: 1967
Size: 20” x 20”
Edition: Edition of 200. Signed lower right tile.

PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS 17

Warhol was part of a very exclusive group of artists that the famous and influential New York dealer, Leo Castelli, represented. In 1967 Warhol created Portraits of the Artist 17 that depicts the portraits of 10 artists chosen and represented by Castelli. Sticking with Warhol’s signature style of repetition, he multiplied the artists’ portraits ten times in ten different colors on 3-D polystyrene boxes, measuring at approximately 2” x 2”.

PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS 17 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

The 100 boxes totaled to approximately 20” x 20” when lined up. The artists include Robert Morris, Jasper John Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Poons, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Lee Bontecou, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol himself. Contrary to popular belief Warhol was not chosen by Castelli to create the work as part of an exhibition to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his Upper East Side gallery. According to art publisher Rosa Esman there never was an opening, and the rumor that Warhol made extra boxes that includes other artists is a mere myth.

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