The Star
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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The Star 1981
  • Artist Rooms
The image of ‘The Star’ used on this exhibition poster belongs to a portfolio of ten screenprints called ‘Myths’ published in 1981. Here Warhol has used a photograph of Greta Garbo from the film ‘Mata Hari’, released in 1931. The film was based on the true story of an erotic dancer who was executed in 1917 for espionage during World War I. The tale fired popular imagination and there is still mystery surrounding her alleged guilt. The series is based on characters which have become icons. All the prints in the series are inlaid with diamond dust, creating the effect of a shimmering surface, reminiscent of Warhol’s use of gold leaf in the late 1950s. Warhol also produced a series of paintings based on the ‘Myth’ characters.

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A devotional image, usually depicting Christ, the Virgin Mary or a saint, traditionally associated with the Byzantine, Greek and Roman Orthodox Churches. By extension, it is used to denote an important and enduring symbol.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Icon, Portfolio, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. AR00431
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 83.80 x 60.30 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008