Andy Warhol’s fascination with the feature and shape of women’s lips was something he turned to throughout his career from his earliest drawings to his most iconic paintings. The work exhibited here – created in 1975 – can only be categorized as a multi-media work as it is both a photo based silkscreen and a unique handmade collage.

The process is unusual. The lips are silkscreened onto strips of tape and then adhered on to the page. The very nature of the process stands in interesting counterpoint to Warhol’s proclaimed interest in the machine made artwork and the hands-off approach he increasingly adopted throughout his career.

Until one of the “Lips” albums was exhibited at The Warhol Museum and subsequently the Morgan Library in their “Warhol – by the Book” shows (2015 – 2016) these particular types of work were virtually unknown. However, we now can see these unique collages as pure Warhol – isolated, mysterious, and glamorous. Repeating and varying the form, hovering between figurative and abstraction, each singular piece tells its own story and presents its own seductive identity in true Warhol fashion.


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Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) (American, 1928-1987) was a leading figure in the Pop art movement. He is particularly known for the breadth of his oeuvre, as it encompassed painting, hand drawing, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. Fascinated with celebrity culture and status, his silkscreens of pop icons and mundane objects, were particularly successful and cemented his place as a “celebrity” artist. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

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Provenance: The Andy Warhol Foundation

Lips, c. 1975
Screenprint and tape collage
Work: 8 x 8.5 in (20.32 x 21.59 cm)
Frame: 15 x 16 in (38.1 x 40.64 cm)
Courtesy of Danziger Gallery

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  • Dimensions
    8 x 8.5 in (20.32 x 21.59 cm)