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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 68696
S & H Green Stamps, 1965

Lithograph
23 х 22.8 in. (58.42 x 57.91 cm.)
Stamped
Print/Casting Year 1965
Edition 6000
Foundry/Publisher Eugene Feldman, prntr; Institute of Contemporart Art, pub.
Lot description
S&H Green Stamps was a 1950s coupon system whereby consumers would receive stamps in exchange for purchasing gas and other everyday goods. After collecting so many stamps, the consumer would redeem them for various products. Coming from a very poor family in Pittsburgh, Warhol was always intrigued with the idea that you could get something for free. Representing and commenting on American consumerism in his prints, Warhol turned recognizable imagery, like the S&H Green Stamps, into iconic POP images.

Andy Warhol (1927-1987) is the most widely recognized artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement, a genre that would change the American art market indefinitely. Warhol received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, and subsequently moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. It was not long before he was creating ground-breaking works, including paintings, prints, photographs, and films, that brought attention to American pop culture and the lifestyle of Hollywood celebrities. Warhol embraced market culture and helped to lead a change in the New York art scene that would in turn influence others to also look to consumer culture and goods for artistic inspiration. Today, he is regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century, contributing not only thousands of works of art that are housed in museums and collections worldwide but also an iconic style that would impact the art market and artists alike for decades. His works have been exhibited in over two thousand exhibitions, including retrospectives at The Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2008); Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France (1990); and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1989).

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
S & H Green Stamps by Andy Warhol
  • S & H Green Stamps by Andy Warhol
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