Sachiko Goodman is one of New York’s top real estate brokers and art collectors. Goodman was one of Warhol’s good friends and served as his muse for the set of pieces Sashiko 154 and 155. Sachiko’s bare shoulders and carefree smile as she turns to the camera exemplify the comfortable and close relationship that she had with Warhol. In both pieces,Warhol superimposes multi-colored squares over Sachiko’s portrait, dividing the composition and the attention from the viewer, while still maintaining a cohesive theme throughout.. This particular print uses a muted palette and imperfect demarcations between colored sections to both highlight the features of the background photo and let it speak for itself. Sachiko 154 was printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, who worked for Warhol enterprises. As a testament to Smith’s contribution, Warhol signed the work on the reverse, including the message “To Rupert” in black ink. This is the only print with the printer’s proof.
Sachiko 154 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Sachiko 154 is part of a series of two screenprints that Warhol created for Sachiko Goodman. Throughout the 1970’s, Warhol frequently socialized with celebrities, artists and collectors, including Goodman. He started to receive dozens—and soon hundreds—of commissions for screenprinted portraits from wealthy socialites, musicians and film stars. These portraits developed into a significant aspect of his career and a main source of his profits.
Photo credit: Sachiko Goodman next to her portrait by Andy Warhol. May 8, 2010. Courtesy of the Stamford Advocate.