Sold for £1,082,500 at the Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 10 February 2014, London.
Immortalizing one of Hollywood’s most beloved and tragic figures, Andy Warhol’s fascination with Marilyn Monroe extended beyond her celebrity and beauty. Considering the actress a kindred spirit whose acting talent was often underestimated and overlooked by her peers, Warhol eschewed this pre-fabricated reputation, instead manufacturing a legacy of his own for Monroe, and in turn, creating one of the most enduring images of his career.
Re-examining his own imagery in the late 1970’s, Warhol became acutely aware of his own celebrity and role in the saturation of contemporary culture. Exploiting the visual discourse manufactured in the 1950s and 60s, Warhol revived and reversed his Pop Art subjects – from his own portrait to the pervasive Campbell’s soup cans - producing reimagined icons in the negative, as in One Multicolored Marilyn.
"Marilyn Tattoo" by Cheyenne Randall