Andy Warhol‘s Dollar Sign (Quadrant) 283 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. These screenprints feature four 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. Dollar Sign (4) 283 is one of the more muted pieces from the series, using cool colors and varying angles of the symbols to misdirect the viewer’s focus.
Dollar Sign (Quadrant) 283 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.