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Dollar Sign (9) Complete Portfolio

Catalogue Title: Dollar Sign (9) Complete Portfolio (FS II.285-286)

Year: 1982

Size: 40″ x 32″ Each

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board

Edition: Portfolio of 2. Edition of 35, 10 AP, 2 PP. Signed and numbered in pencil. Each print is unique.

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Andy Warhol‘s 1982 Dollar Sign (9) complete portfolio is one of the artist’s most famous series. 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. These two screenprints both feature 9 dollar signs, each against a different colored background. The individual dollar signs within each print are unique from the ones next to them, both in color and composition. Warhol plays with complimentary colors and sketched shading to give more dimension to the symbol of currency.

The Dollar Sign portfolio is the ultimate manifestation of Andy Warhol’s love affair with money. Warhol once said, “I like money on the wall,” and the Dollar Signcomplete portfolio was his way of using his iconic imagery to achieve just that. These prints contain a source image that was created by Warhol himself, which was an uncommon practice for him, setting this series apart from the rest of his body of work.

The Dollar Sign portfolio is one of the most recognizable examples of the artist seizing an internationally recognizable symbol and altering it into something that was purely Warholian. The Dollar Sign (9) complete portfolio includes FS II.281-282.

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