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Signed Print Edition of 200
H 102cm x W 81cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Karen Kain (F. & S. II.236) is a signed screen print with diamond dust on Lenox museum board made by the pioneer of the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol. Produced in 1980, the print comes in an edition size of 200 and shows a portrait of the Canadian ballet dancer Karen Kain. Kain trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and later became the artistic director of the school due to her tremendous skill and talent.
Using a photograph of the dancer, Warhol produced a portrait of Kain in which vibrant blocks of colour are layered over and behind the dancer’s portrait. The way in which Warhol superimposes blocks of colour over the composition gives the artwork a collage-like feel. The photograph which Warhol used for this print was a Polaroid he took in his infamous New York studio, The Factory. Warhol often produced portraits of iconic stars and notable figures based off polaroids he took of them.
Bright yellows, oranges, pinks and blues dominate the composition which contrast with Kain’s red hair, lips and eyes. Warhol uses black gestural lines to delineate the woman’s facial features and emphasise her full lips and long eyelashes.