Andy Warhol, ‘S&H Green Stamps’, 1965, Thomas French Fine Art

Published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, from the edition of 6000 folded and used as announcements for the Warhol solo exhibition at ICA in Philadelphia.
At the 1965 opening of Warhol's first solo museum exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Art, students and guests mobbed the artist and his entourage. A near riot ensued as on lookers rushed to see Warhol, the art star. They escaped the chaos by going up the spiral staircase, into the night, and on to superstardom.

Publisher: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

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