Andy Warhol’s Dollar Sign painting from 1981 was the ultimate manifestation of his love affair with money. Warhol once said, “I like money on the wall,” and the Dollar Signs was his way of using his iconic imagery to achieve just that. Though Andy Warhol is known for his screenprints, he made a number of paintings throughout his career. His paintings are particularly valuable because they are completely unique, and he made so few in comparison with his multitude of screenprints. Interestingly, his paintings are almost identical to his screenprints, other than their medium, because he used the same screens for both processes.
DOLLAR SIGN PAINTING 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.
Photo credit: Andy Warhol with Dollar Sign painting, New York, 1982. Image: © Santi Visalli, Artwork: © 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London