Andy Warhol, ‘The New Spirit (FS II.357)’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘The New Spirit (FS II.357)’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘The New Spirit (FS II.357)’, 1985, Revolver Gallery

Title: The New Spirit 357
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1985
Size: 38” x 38”
Details: Edition of 190, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created The New Spirit 1985 for his Ads portfolio that that comments on America’s obsession with commercialism and consumerism. The work is an image of Donald Duck from a Disney short from 1943. The Academy Award nominated film served as wartime propaganda to encourage people to pay their taxes and not complain about it. By creating this work, Andy Warhol comments on the impact that mass media has on society and how through the use of clever advertising, anyone – in this case the government – can manipulate people for their own gain. The New Spirit is a great example of how Andy Warhol utilized images from pop culture, such as Donald Duck, in his art both to please the eye and make a social commentary. This pink and gold screenprint featuring Donald Duck is from a portfolio of ten screenprints with a similar message. Andy Warhol’s The New Spirit also demonstrates his tactic of repeating an image in order to take away its power.

Series: Ads

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