Andy Warhol, ‘S&H Green Stamps’, 1965, michael lisi / contemporary art

An artwork in its own right as well as cultural ephemera, Andy Warhol’s, S & H Green Stamps was printed for the artist’s first retrospective held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 1965. The artwork shown here was created as the exhibitions invitation – an image on one side, exhibition text on the reverse - and is a color lithograph on wove paper. From the unsigned edition of 6000 as issued measuring 23 х 22 ¼ in. (58.4 x 56.5 cm), unframed, the artwork is identified in the artist’s catalogue raisonne as FS. II.9.

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

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