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

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Reigning Queens 1985
  • Artist Rooms
In 1985 Warhol embarked on his largest portfolio of screenprints. Entitled ‘Reigning Queens’ it contains sixteen prints of the four ruling queens at that time in the world: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark – the last of whom features in this poster. Based on official or media photographs, Warhol has incorporated abstract blocks of colour that, although screenprinted, appear collaged. He has also combined printed elements derived from drawings, which emphasise details such as jewellery. A Royal edition of the portfolio was published that incorporated diamond dust. The by-product of the manufacture of industrial-grade diamonds, this dust gave the prints a sparkly, extravagant effect.

Glossary Open

Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Portfolio

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.

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.

Collage, Portfolio, Print, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00396
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 82.10 x 60.00 cm (framed: 88.90 x 66.80 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