Andy Warhol, ‘U.N. Stamp (FS II.185)’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘U.N. Stamp (FS II.185)’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘U.N. Stamp (FS II.185)’, 1979, Revolver Gallery

U.N. Stamp 185 was commissioned by the World Federation of United Nations Association, a global organization whose goal is to support the principles and purposes of the United Nations. For over two decades, they raised money for the United Nations through the sale of artworks to promote the ideals of the UN and raise money for their educational programs. Along with artists like Picasso, Al Hirschfeld, and Salvador Dali, Warhol created the U.N. Stamp lithograph based off a first-day cover of an actual UN stamp.

Series: Andy Warhol was famous for creating thought-provoking pieces of art based off simple, everyday objects like soup cans, Brillo boxes and flowers. Along with his already iconic status as an artist, this habit made him an ideal participant in the United Nations fundraiser.

Signature: Edition of approximately 1000. 1000 signed in pen Small printed signature on the lower right. 500 have a U.S. Stamp. 500 have a Swiss stamp. Printed by the U.N. Published by the United Nations Disaster Relief Organization.

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