Andy Warhol’s 1975 screen print Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.144) features the rock and roll icon Mick Jagger in profile. Jagger raises his chin and looks back at the camera. Andy Warhol developed this image into an edition of 250 from a polaroid photograph taken in 1975. He layered black rectangular shapes around Jagger’s face, framing his main features. He also added his own squiggly overdrawing to highlight Jagger’s lips, nose, and eyes. This particular print takes a darker tone, using only black and white with hits of grey, rather than Warhol’s signature, bold use of colour. Both Warhol and Jagger have signed the print.
The image Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.144) comes from the larger series, Mick Jagger, which features ten images of the Rolling Stones lead. Jagger and Warhol first met in 1963 and subsequently collaborated on several projects, including the Rolling Stones 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Warhol shot the polaroids for the series will Jagger and his wife Bianca stayed at his Long Island estate. The two twentieth century icons both understood how to market themselves, so Jagger signed the images of the series in addition to Warhol. The dual signature highlights the collaborative nature of their friendship, which lasted until Warhol’s death in 1987.