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

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Kimiko Powers 1981
  • Artist Rooms
Kimiko Powers, together with her husband John, amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary Pop Art in private hands. In the 1970s Warhol began to accept regular commissions to paint portraits of the rich and famous. The original screenprint of Kimiko, completed in 1972, was certainly such a commission. However, the version used here to advertise Warhol’s show at Colorado State University was part of an edition of two hundred and fifty prints that were published to raise funds for a visual arts programme sponsoring artists and exhibitions. John Powers had close links to this programme and had previously helped to attract internationally recognised artists to show at the university.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Print

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.

Screenprint

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.

Commission, Pop Art, Print, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00433
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 88.90 x 63.30 cm (framed: 97.10 x 71.60 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