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Signed Print Edition of 5
H 75cm x W 70cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Karen Lerner is an acrylic and silkscreen ink print on linen made by the renowned Pop artist, Andy Warhol, in 1972. The signed print comes in an edition size of 5, making it a rare and highly sought-after artwork. Using orange ink, Warhol captures a portrait of Karen Lerner, an actor, television journalist and producer. Lerner was the subject of numerous silkscreen prints made by Warhol, as well as a collection of photographs which were given to the International Centre of Photography by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Lerner was often the subject of tabloid interest and tales about her love life were frequently published in magazines. Warhol’s interest in Lerner and desire to make her the subject of various prints and photographs captures how the artist was fascinated by stardom and fame. Warhol was intrigued by the cult of celebrity and often chose famous stars to be the subjects of his artworks. Warhol invited notable figures to his New York studio, The Factory, where he would take polaroid pictures of them, like he did with Karen Lerner, which would become the basis for portraits that he could reproduce using the screen printing technique.
Other notable portraits produced by Warhol include the Marilyn Monroe collection of prints, as well as those the artist made of Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor. Warhol was also commissioned by various high profile figures to have him produce portraits of them, something Warhol did later on in his career to earn more money.