frame: 792 x 582 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
Music had a prominent role in both Warhol’s professional and personal life. From designing the infamous cover for The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album, to being a regular at the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54, Warhol mixed with the stars of the music industry. This poster features the portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto, an experimental musician who achieved success in many aspects of the music industry, including orchestral compositions, pop music and film soundtracks. Warhol’s portrait of the Japanese star combines blocks of collage-like colour with a photographic screenprint. Yet, typical of his work from the 1980s, he has also incorporated hand-drawn (and later, printed) con tours which pick out details.