Andy Warhol grew up as part of a poor family in industrial Pittsburgh, and spoke openly about his love of and fascination with money. The dollar sign was a perfect mix of art and commercialism, and whilst he made his money from art, he also quipped that ‘making money is art’. He began depicting one-dollar bills in the early 1960s, and returned to the imagery in 1981 with a whole series of drawings and paintings of the dollar sign. This piece, $9
, 1982, is a screenprint of nine of Warhol’s dollar signs, taken from a marker pen and ink drawing he made by hand.
$9 (on black)
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL $9, 1982 (on black) Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 40 x 32 inches ©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.
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