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

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The Art of Giving 1981
  • Artist Rooms
This poster shows Warhol standing in front of one of his ‘Myth’ series of prints, produced in 1981. The series is based on characters from American popular culture which have become icons, defining different generations. As the print featured here is that of Father Christmas (the rest of the prints from the portfolio are visible along the bottom), it can be presumed that this was a Christmas promotion for the department store ‘Weinstock’s’. Perhaps Warhol lent a series of the works to be shown in the store for the Christmas shoppers to enjoy.

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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.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Icon, Portfolio, Print


  • Acc. No. AR00432
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 70.80 x 55.80 cm (framed: 77.50 x 62.50 x 3.80 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