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Andy Warhol Dollar Sign 1981

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Artwork details

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Title
Dollar Sign
Date 1981
Medium Acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2287 x 1780 x 33 mm
Collection
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.

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