Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit: Oranges (FS II.197)’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit: Oranges (FS II.197)’, 1978, Revolver Gallery

Like that of the Grapes series and Space Fruit: Lemons, Space Fruit: Oranges showcases Warhol’s signature techniques of screenprinting. During the 70s, Warhol began relying on shadowing and hand drawn lines more heavily in his still life portraits. Warhol adds color to the oranges in pairs; two in orange, two in the screen of the teal color block, and the last pair in simple black and white. With this, he adds more shadowing than seen in the Grapes and Space Fruit: Lemons. By adding a modern touch to his screenprints of conventional objects, Warhol guided his audience to notice the overlooked materials in daily life.

Signature: 10, 1 PP, signed and numbered in felt pen lower left.

Andy Warhol created his portfolios entitled Space Fruit in 1978, which derives from the traditional practice of the still life portrait. This type of representation, in which the artist depicts typically inanimate objects relating to everyday life (i.e. fruit, silverware, flowers, and insects). This artistic tradition traces its origins to ancient Greek and Roman art, but gained prominence in the fifteenth century in Northern Europe. Warhol alludes to this tradition with his portfolio of Space Fruits, a more classical subject-matter that illustrates Warhol’s knowledge of the history upon which his artwork was founded.

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