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Andy Warhol: Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print

Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol


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Screenprint, 1981
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 97cm x W 97cm

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Critical Review

Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) is part of Warhol’s Myths collection which features ten screen prints, all of which depict icons and idols from American popular culture. While many of the subjects for Warhol’s portraits in this collection are characters from television shows and films, Uncle Sam is one of the few figures that was not created for entertainment purposes.

To create this portrait, Warhol asked one of his friends to dress up as Uncle Sam so he could take Polaroid photographs of the character in any pose he wanted which would then act as the source material for the screen prints. This contrasts with many of Warhol’s other screen prints which were based on preexisting imagery, such as those in the Ads collection.

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