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

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Marilyn Monroe 1985
  • Artist Rooms
This poster features ten images of Marilyn Monroe taken from a portfolio of screenprints published in 1967. Warhol completed his first portrait of the star following her suicide in 1962. Using the same image (a publicity shot for her film ‘Niagara’), these later images have been printed in a variety of garish colours. However, despite the often alien colour combinations, such as a pink face and blue hair, Marilyn is still instantly identifiable – a testament to how iconic this image has become. Advertising an exhibition of Warhol’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, this poster, produced some twenty years after the original screenprint, further highlights its ability to characterise Warhol and his art.

Glossary Open

Icon

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.

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.

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.

Icon, Portfolio, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00341
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 59.70 x 96.90 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