Andy Warhol Complete Portfolios
In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol was a successful and established commercial illustrator. Creating works based on popular imagery, Warhol had his first show of pop paintings in the Bonwit Teller department store display window in New York, and he was linked to other prominent artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud and James Rosenquist.
Warhol had his first solo gallery show July of ‘62 in Los Angeles at the Ferus Gallery where he showcased 32 paintings of Campbell’s Soup Cans in a single line instead of a grid. Warhol received mixed reviews, and he quoted, “Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art” (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol). The artist would go on to create two print portfolios of the Campbell’s Soup cans, one in 1968 and on in 1969. Warhol continued his work and produced recognizable portraits of notable figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, Jackie Kennedy, and more.
When he established The Factory in 1964, Warhol mass produced his screen prints there and created a place of fascination and sanctuary for his superstars. Not limiting himself to prints, he expanded his talents by producing films, photography and other multimedia works. As the decades passed, Warhol continued producing print portfolios on a large scale, employing the help of assistants at the Factory to pull his silk screens for him. Toward the end of Warhol’s career, we witness the pinnacle of his artistic abilities in his 1980s portfolios. These prints show delicate and calculated use of line work, color blocking, and highlights. Mastering techniques like these, Warhol was able to depict and re-imagine his subjects with great intention and intense style, representing the summit of his career as the Prince of Pop Art.
Some of Andy Warhol’s most notable complete portfolios include the Campbell’s Soups (I & II), Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Mick Jagger, Reigning Queens, Cowboys and Indians, and more. The Revolver Gallery inventory features a wide range of Warhol portfolios that capture his multi-dimensional subjects and the evolution of his artistic style.