Brett Gross | April 2017
Fewer things represent Andy Warhol more than his desire for monetary wealth. Constantly seeking lucrative ventures, it comes as no surprise that Andy has chosen to make money a subject in several of his paintings. While searching for a new subject matter in the sixties, Warhol was asked “’what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.” He began by painting dollar bills. In the eighties, Andy revisited this idea and created The Dollar Sign series. It was the ultimate manifestation of Andy Warhol’s love affair with money. It is among Warhol’s most iconic images and epitomizes his genius for truth-telling and forecasting.
In a very blunt way, the canvas is an axiomatic statement, implying that art and money are one and the same. Warhol once said, “I like money on the wall,” and he used this imagery to achieve that effect. In retrospect, the narrative explored in this body of work serves as a reminder of the scale and power of today’s art market economy. This painting shows multiple variations of the dollar symbol in a variety of vibrant colors. Several aspects of this piece set it apart from the rest of his work- the fact that it was printed on canvas and that it uses source images created by Warhol.
This unique and rare work is created with synthetic polymer paint and screenprint ink on canvas. Its dimensions are ten inches by five inches, signed, dated, and stamped twice by the Estate of Andy Warhol and numbered on the overlap. Dollar Sign is a Warhol signature to the extreme. It not only stands in for Warhol’s art but for the artist himself. The Dollar Sign series is a superb example of Warhol seizing an internationally recognizable symbol and altering it into something that is purely Warholian.