In Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.143), Andy Warhol employed a polaroid photograph, overdrawing, and collage-like colour to create a mixed-media screen print of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. The heightened contrast of Warhol’s photograph flattens the image of Jagger, making fine details unrecognizable. Instead, Warhol relies on the recognizability of this international sensation for identification. His bold red splotch over Jagger’s lips draws the focus of the viewer to the singer’s famed feature. Both Warhol and Jagger have signed the bottom of the composition, emphasizing collaboration. This screen print from an edition of 250 was produced in 1975 as part of the larger series, Mick Jagger.
When Mick and Bianca Jagger spent the Summer of 1975 at Warhol’s Long Island estate, the pop artist took the photographs for this series. This was not Jagger and Warhol’s first collaboration as Jagger designed the album cover for the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. The series Mick Jaggerfeatures ten portraits of the rock star, each with Warhol’s collage and drawing as well as Jaggers signature. As the images from this series exemplify his changing style, the Mick Jagger images are some of the most sought-after in Warhol’s oeuvre.