Frederick Weisman 123 by Andy Warhol was created as a counterpart to a set containing Marcia Weisman 122. In this piece, Warhol is able to capture Frederick Weisman as the powerful businessman, art collector, and philanthropist that he was. He places subtle prominence on his suit and quaffed hair. With that being said, Warhol stabilizes the tilt of Frederick’s head to the left with the red square and Frederick’s hand placement to the right, creating a well-balanced composition.
Frederick Weisman 123 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
This work is a part of a set with a portrait of Frederick Weisman’s ex-wife, Marcia Weisman. The collage element of this work is common of Warhol’s style, especially in portraiture. Weisman’s legacy continues on throughout America, through the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Weisman Art Museum and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, which displays modern and contemporary art in a “house museum style.” Weisman’s name is also carried on at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where the Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is located. However, the University of Minnesota is not the only college campus with the Weisman name. Pepperdine University in Malibu, California is home of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.
Photo credit: Frederick Weisman by Andy Warhol, 1973. 4 1/4 in. x 3 5/16 in. (10.8 cm x 8.41 cm). Polacolor Type 108. Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.