Revolver Inventory: Andy Warhol 1970s
In the 1970s, Andy Warhol embodied more of a business role by designing commissioned magazine covers and appearing in national advertising campaigns. He expanded his brand by exhibiting his work on a global level, an example is his Rain Machine installation that was installed at Expo ‘70, the world’s fair in Osaka, Japan. He also published the book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) in 1975, which was a loosely formed autobiography by the artist. Warhol’s thoughts towards his evolving endeavors was that, “making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” (Philosophy of Andy Warhol)
While enjoying his commercial success, Warhol became a fixture at New York nightclubs such as Studio 54 and Max’s Kansas City. Engaging and collaborated with socialites and celebrities such as Liza Minnelli, Truman Capote, and Mick and Bianca Jagger, Warhol added more works into his repertoire. His friendship with Mick Jagger lead him to create the iconic zippered artwork for the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers.
Andy Warhol continued to create films and prints of notable figures such as Mao, Jimmy Carter, and Mick Jagger in the ‘70s. It was also during the time that he produced the screenprint series, Ladies and Gentlemen, of men in drag. Though Warhol felt, “a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person,” (Andy Warhol’s Exposures) he also believed that drag queens truly embodied the movie star persona, as they heavily based their image on Hollywood icons.
Series from this time include Space Fruit, Muhammad Ali, Electric Chairs, Flowers and Shadows. Revolver Gallery’s inventory features a wide range of Warhol originals that capture his multi-dimensional subjects and the evolution of his artistic style.