Andy Warhol

Dollar Sign

1981

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2287 x 1780 x 33 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00502

Not on display

Online caption

Not only did Warhol openly acknowledge that he loved money (having come from a poor family in industrial Pittsburgh), but he loved drawing and painting it as well. In the early 1960s he depicted one-dollar bills and then in 1981 he returned to the imagery and completed a whole series of drawings and paintings of the dollar sign. This is one of the largest of these paintings. The image is screenprinted on to the stark white canvas, but it is based on a marker pen and ink drawing that Warhol himself had made. Even the splatters of the ink have been retained.

Further reading

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