Kimiko Powers (1981)
About this artwork
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.
- title: Kimiko Powers
- accession number: AR00433
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1981
- measurements: 88.90 x 63.30 cm (framed: 97.10 x 71.60 x 3.80 cm)
- credit line: 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
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.