Andy Warhol. S&H Green Stamps. 1962

Andy Warhol

S&H Green Stamps


On view
Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas
71 3/4 x 53 3/4" (182.3 x 136.6 cm)
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
© 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in the Painting and Sculpture I lobby, with 6 other works online.
Andy Warhol has 223 works online.
There are 2,112 paintings online.

S&H Green Stamps showcases Warhol's career–long fascination with ready–made, reproducible imagery. To create the painting Warhol hand stamped an image of an S & H Green Stamp trading coupon in three successive layers (light green, dark green, and red) using silkscreen ink. This labor–intensive three–step stamping process mimicked the more efficient process of screenprinting, which Warhol would employ in the months to follow. The lack of a focal point in the work pays tribute to the allover compositions of Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists, but with its banal motif and repetitive imagery S&H Green Stamps embodies a witty reproach to the grand and heroic canvases of these artists. This work featuring stamps, itself stamped into existence, exemplifies the artist’s sly, deadpan sense of humor.

Gallery label from 2008

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