Andy Warhol. Roll of Bills. (1962)

Andy Warhol

Roll of Bills

(1962)

Medium
Pencil, crayon, and felt-tip pen on paper
Dimensions
40 x 30" (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
151.1984
Copyright
© 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Andy Warhol has 241 works  online.
There are 14,978 drawings online.

"I like money on the wall. Say you were going to buy a $200,000 painting. I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall." — Andy Warhol, 1975

By the early 1960s, Warhol was pursuing a reputation as a fine artist. Roll of Bills registers this transition. Its soft and expressive hatching contrasts with the simple contours of his earlier line drawings. It is at once a master drawing and an unmistakable example of Pop art—the bills are larger than life, distinctively American, mass-produced, and utterly familiar. Shortly after Warhol made this work, he abandoned drawing for over a decade.

Gallery label from Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967, April 25–October 18, 2015

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