Printed in 1982, Dollar Sign (F. & S. II. 283) is a signed screen print in colour by Andy Warhol. The print depicts four dollar signs in a grid formation, each rendered against a different coloured background. Each sign within the print is unique, composed of a different arrangement of bright colours. The bold colours are layered with hand-drawn lines, bringing dynamism and a multi-dimensional effect to the print.
Dollar Sign 9 (F. & S. II. 283) is part of the Dollar Sign series. This is one of Warhol’s most famous series and the focus on the US currency encapsulates his interest in wealth and money. By adopting the dollar sign as the base symbol for the entire series, Warhol highlights the value that American society puts on this simple symbol. The source image for the prints in this series was created by Warhol himself. Warhol decided to draw the dollar sign from scratch, which involved him drafting numerous different variations to get the perfect sign. This makes the series stand out from others like the Campbell’s Soup series or Ads series in which Warhol adopts and appropriates well known images.
The print was created during the commercial boom of the Reagan era, making its subject matter highly pertinent to this period of American history. In this print, Warhol experiments with colour and sketched shading, adding texture and vibrancy to the symbol of US currency. In doing this, Warhol is able to transform an international symbol, recognised all over the word, into a 20th century icon of Pop Art.