Superman

Created in 1981, Andy Warhol’s Superman is comprised of screenprint in colors with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board. In terms of size, this piece is 38 x 37 7/8 in. (965 x 962 mm.) Superman explores the intersection between heroes, celebrity, and consumption in American culture; this is a consistent theme throughout his Myth Portfolio which compares pop culture figures to Greek gods and goddesses. Warhol’s glorified portrayal of Superman highlights the the celebrity status of this comic book character in contemporary society. Consequently the mythical character loses his individual identity, and is instead perceived as a symbol of an American icon. Ultimately, Warhol’s piece pushes back on the commodification of superheroes and other figures in pop culture.
Creator
Andy Warhol

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Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

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