Andy Warhol’s 1975 screen print Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.140) features the portrait of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. To create this screen print, Warhol manipulated a polaroid photograph of Jagger, leaving only limited shading and his hair. The Pop artist then overlayed collaged blocks of colour and outlining to fill in the rest of Jagger’s details. Both Warhol and Jagger have signed the bottom of the print, emphasizing the collaboration between the two. These signatures, and Jagger’s recognizability, make this image from an edition of 250 and its larger series Mick Jagger one of Warhol’s most valuable.
Warhol and Jagger first met at a party in 1963 and subsequently collaborated on several projects. Warhol designed the cover for the Rolling Stones’ album Sticky Fingers which featured a real zipper on a pair of Levi jeans. The polaroid photographs for the series Mick Jaggerwere shot while Bianca and Mick Jagger stayed at Warhol’s Long Island residence in the Summer of 1975. The pair remained friends until Warhol’s untimely death in 1987.