Andy Warhol‘s Dollar Sign (9) 286 is part of one of the artist’s most famous series, Dollar Sign from 1982. Warhol’s interest in wealth and money is evident in his literal emphasis on currency and the value that society puts on a simple symbol. This screenprint features 9 dollar signs, each against a different colored background. The animated quality of the image refers to comic strips, a common influence among Pop artists like Warhol and his contemporary, Lichtenstein. This version of Dollar Sign (9) 286 features dollar signs in cool colors against an off-white background.
Dollar Sign (9) 286 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
The Dollar Sign series from 1982 was the ultimate manifestation of Andy Warhol’s love affair with money. Warhol once said, “I like money on the wall,” and the series was his way of using his iconic imagery to achieve just that. The Dollar Sign paintings contain a source image that was created by Warhol himself which was an uncommon practice for Warhol, setting it apart from the rest of his body of work. The Dollar Sign series is a superb example of Warhol seizing a internationally recognizable symbol and altering it into something that was purely Warholian.