Warhol began his career in the advertising world, and he stayed in this realm even as he gained notoriety for his pop-art paintings and silk screens. Advertising was the foundation his career was built upon, and one he never fully outgrew.
We are beyond proud to have several important pieces of Andy Warhol original posters in our collection.
The below Tattooed Woman Holding a Rose is one of the crowning jewels in our gallery. Printed at the beginning of Warhol’s career, this work of art is exceptionally rare. A screen print on Japanese printmaking paper, this fun and elegant piece served as Andy Warhol’s calling card in 1955. The woman’s pin-up silhouette is filled with logos of companies Warhol hoped to work for, and the print would have been rolled up and mailed to advertising agencies around New York City. In the center, we see the artist’s old fashioned NYC phone number and subsequent reference to the Murray Hill neighborhood he lived in at the time.
This early example of Andy Warhol’s mastery of illustration has been stamped by The Andy Warhol Foundation, guaranteeing authenticity.