Pop Art Prints

Andy Warhol
born Pittsburgh, PA 1928–died New York City 1987

Museum purchase with the aid of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kainen
and the National Endowment for the Arts
© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol created many prints and paintings in response to Marilyn Monroe's tragic death in 1962. This portrait is based on a publicity still from her 1953 film, Niagara. Warhol duplicated the image using silkscreen, and printed it in lively, fluorescent hues. The bright, shocking color is at odds with thoughts of death or mourning, and distances the star's identity from her image as it draws attention to the discrepancy between reality and celebrity.

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