Letter to the World (The Kick) (Unique) by Andy Warhol depicts Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance. She is performing a fluent kick which was a part of her dramatic dance titled “Letter to the World.” The photograph is taken in 1940 by American photographer Barbara Morgan and became the most widely published photograph of Martha Graham. Andy Warhol employs pink hues to Graham’s dress endorsing her femininity. His hand-drawn lines accentuate the unanchored movement of her body and dress and capture the fluidity of movement through a two-dimensional medium.
Martha Graham Letter to the World (The Kick) (Unique) by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Letter to the World 389 is one of three screenprints produced in Andy Warhol’s Martha Graham series of 1986. The portfolio was created to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in New York. Warhol’s portfolio compliments Graham by showing a variation of her abilities not just as a dancer, but as someone who communicates profound emotion through movement and physical expression. His other screenprints of Graham include Lamentation and Satyric Festival Song, both of which showcase different facets of Grahams emotional and physical depth through her dance.