Andy Warhol, ‘Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387) ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387) ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387) ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387) ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387) ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Satyric Festival Song (FS II.387) ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Satyric Festival Song 387
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1986
Size: 36″ x 36″
Details: Edition of 100, 25 AP, 5 PP, 10 HC, 25 numbered in Roman numerals, signed and numbered in pencil on verso. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith. Published by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., New York. Signed by Martha Graham on verso.
Provenance: Martha Graham

Andy Warhol created Satyric Festival Song 387 in 1986 for his portfolio Martha Graham in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in New York. The portfolio of three screenprints is homage to dancer Martha Graham, known as mother of the modern dance movement. Based on photographs of Graham performing her famous Satyric Festival Song, Warhol and his signature pop art style bring enliven the emotion Graham portrays in the dance. Satyric Festival Song compliments Graham by showing a variation of her abilities not just as a dance, but as someone who communicates profound emotion through movement. Warhol used brightly colored outlines against a black background, giving the piece a sense of movement without distracting from the subject. This particular print of Satyric Festival Song has a special provenance, as it is from the edition previously owned by Martha Graham and is signed by Graham on verso.

Signature: Signed by Andy Warhol and Martha Graham on verso

Martha Graham

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