Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.158) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.158) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.158) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.158) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery

Title: Skull 158
Medium: Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol Paper
Year: 1976
Size: 30” x 40”
Details: Edition of 50, signed and numbered in pencil lower center.

Andy Warhol created Skull 158 in 1976 for a portfolio of four screenprints. The image is based on a photograph taken by Warhol’s assistant of a human skull resting on a flat surface. True to Andy’s signature pop art style, the print features vivid yellow, green, and blue color blocks with a bold black outline creating the shape and details of the skull. After Warhol was shot in 1968, he became obsessed with death and human mortality. Skull 158 is representative of the shift toward themes of death and disaster in Andy Warhol’s artwork.

Series: Skull, 1976

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower center.

Publisher: Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc. New York

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