Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe. 1962

Andy Warhol Gold Marilyn Monroe 1962

Floor 2

Warhol made this painting the year screen legend Marilyn Monroe committed suicide. He painted the canvas an iridescent gold and silkscreened the star’s face in the center of the composition. Like other paintings by Warhol that feature Monroe’s likeness, this work is based on a 1953 publicity still for the movie Niagara. By duplicating a photograph known to millions, Warhol undermined the uniqueness and authenticity characteristic of traditional portraiture. Instead he presented Monroe as an infinitely reproducible image.

Gallery label from On to Pop, September 29, 2010-April 25, 2011
Medium
Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
6' 11 1/4" x 57" (211.4 x 144.7 cm)
Credit
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
316.1962
Copyright
© 2018 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture