Andy Warhol, ‘Truman Capote 46 by Andy Warhol’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Truman Capote 46 by Andy Warhol’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Truman Capote 46 by Andy Warhol’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Truman Capote 46 by Andy Warhol’, 1979, Revolver Gallery

Title: Truman Capote (FS IIIC.46)
Medium: Screenprint on Paper
Year: 1979
Size: 48 3/8” x 41 ½”
Details: Unique. Authenticated by the Andy Warhol Authentication Board

Andy Warhol created this monochromatic portrait of Truman Capote in 1979. Warhol had a longstanding love for the works of Truman Capote (1924-1984). When Warhol first moved to New York, he made numerous attempts to meet Capote. He was so influenced by the writer that his first solo exhibition in New York was called Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. In 1969, Warhol founded a magazine called Interview, which featured a sixty-forty ratio of interview material to commercial print ads. He traded a screenprinted portrait of Capote in exchange for Capote’s contribution of a year’s worth of columns. Interview magazine is still in publication today and is referred to as "The Crystal Ball of Pop". Andy Warhol’s portrait of Truman Capote is emblematic of the pop artist’s obsession with celebrity that often inspired his work.

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