$1.57 Giant Size 2 by Andy Warholwas published in 1963 for the Popular Image Exhibition at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibition featured art from eleven artists from April 18th to June 2nd, 1963. Artists whose work was represented included Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine and Andy Warhol. In this exhibition, Warhol had ten oil paintings on canvas featured in the show. The image for the $1.57 Giant Sized 2 comes from the record sleeve that was created by Warhol, which would hold the LP record containing interviews with the eleven artists featured in the exhibition. Apparently, the initial image for the cover of the recordings was created by Jim Dine, and there is some mystery as to how Warhol’s image replaced Dine’s.
$1.57 Giant Size 2 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
$1.57 Giant Size 2 was created in the beginning of Warhol’s independent artistic career and is the precursor to his Dollar Sign portfolios, created in 1982. While the image itself is considered related to his Money series, Warhol would end up crossing paths with record covers at least two more times when he designed the album art for two major rock bands of the 20th century. These bands were The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones.