Andy Warhol, ‘Uncle Sam’, 1981, Heritage Auctions
Andy Warhol, ‘Uncle Sam’, 1981, Heritage Auctions
Andy Warhol, ‘Uncle Sam’, 1981, Heritage Auctions

Framed: 38.25in x 38.25in x 2in

Uncle Sam is a part of 10 screenprints in the Myths series that exemplify Warhol’s search for powerful and culturally relevant motifs of his time. Most of the images in Warhol’s Myths series are taken from 1950s television or old Hollywood films. They portray the universal view of America’s once captivating and commanding past. Other pieces included in the series are characters loved by children such as Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus, as well as fictional figures like Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West. While each of these characters has a strong, sometimes unpleasant persona, they are distinctly separated from reality. It has been said that Warhol considered each of these characters to be facets of his personality. The critic Barry Blinderman wrote that “as an artist who represents an era in which advertising, film and TV are as great a source of heroes and villains as Homer and the Bible were for pre-media society, Warhol chose to update the classical order.” —Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Series: Myths

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower right, with the blindstamp of the printer. Stamped with the publisher's copyright stamp on the reverse.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith

Feldman/Schellmann, II.259.

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