Warhol made Sunset, a commission by the architecture firm Johnson & Burgee, to decorate the landmark Hotel Marquette in Minneapolis. Four hundred seventy-two of the prints were used in the hotel, while 160 were assembled into forty unique portfolios of four prints, one of which is on view here. Warhol made all the prints using three screens—one to apply the background bands of color, one for the sun itself, and one with a single-color dot pattern. He inked the screens in various color combinations and printed them with varying registration to create 632 unique screenprints. Portfolios of Sunset are rare today; with this acquisition, the Museum’s representation of Warhol’s various printmaking strategies is complete.
Gallery label from New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois, June 13, 2012–January 7, 2013.