frame: 971 x 716 x 38 mm
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
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.