Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger 144, 1975

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Mick Jagger 144 (1975)
Reference:FS IIB.144
Series:Mick Jagger Portfolio, 1975
Medium:Color Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle (rough) paper
Image Size:43.5 in x 29 in (110.5 cm x 73.7 cm)
Sheet Size:43.5 in x 29 in (110.5 cm x 73.7 cm)
ID #w-6924

Historical Description

Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger 144, 1975 is an alluring work from Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger portfolio that features the rock star with his head thrown back, looking at the viewer out of the corner of his eye. Warhol’s Mick Jagger 144 is black and white, a departure from his usual bright Pop Art color scheme. The subdued color scheme is coupled with Jagger’s provocative pose, creates a more serious, sultry mood. Even without outrageous colors, Jagger is larger than life and Warhol’s Mick Jagger 144 can barely contain the Rolling Stones frontman’s star power. Warhol’s Mick Jagger 144 is a striking work from Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger portfolio.

Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger portfolio was created in 1975, just over ten years after Warhol and Jagger’s first meeting in New York in 1964. This was not their first creative collaboration; the two became close when Warhol designed the album cover of the Rolling Stones’s Sticky Fingers in 1971. The Mick Jagger portfolio is comprised of 10 screenprints, each based off an expressive and evocative photograph Warhol took of Jagger. Warhol’s choice to combine photography, drawing, and color-blocking is provocative, draws on the emergence of non-representational and mixed media forms in the 1970s. At this point in his career, celebrities were shelling out $25,000 to get portraits in Warhol’s Pop Art style and Jagger’s fame was at its height. Capitalizing on this moment, Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger portfolio makes a strong statement about the commodification of their own fame.

Created in 1975, Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger 144 is a color screenprint on Arches Aquarelle (rough) paper, and is signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right. Most of the prints are also signed in black, green, or red by Mick Jagger. It is a unique work of an edition of 250, 50 AP, 3 PP, published by Seabird Editions, London England, and printed by Alexander Heinrici, New York.

The Andy Warhol Mick Jagger Portfolio:

Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger screenprint portfolio of 1975 was commissioned by art dealer and collector Richard Ziegler. The series features ten colorful portraits of Mick Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, based on photographs taken by various photographers.

Interested in celebrity culture, Warhol had previously created portraits of other famous figures such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. The Mick Jagger series enabled him to further explore conceptually and visually the relationship between music, fame, and art, while simultaneously showcasing his unique style of bright colors and bold lines.

Each print in this series features a different color scheme, with some involving bright pinks and yellows, while others consist of more subdued palettes of blues and greens. The portraits slightly vary from one another, as Warhol plays with contrast and shadows to create a unique interpretation of each image.

This screenprint is part of a portfolio of 10 works Warhol created in 1975 titled Andy Warhol Mick Jagger and are each illustrated and referenced in the catalogue raisonne as FS II 138 to 147. The artworks in the Series include Mick Jagger FS II 138, Mick Jagger FS 139, Mick Jagger FS II 140, Mick Jagger FS II 141, Mick Jagger FS II 142, Mick Jagger FS 143, Mick Jagger FS II 144, Mick Jagger FS II 145, Mick Jagger FS II 146, Mick Jagger FS II 147.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Mick Jagger 144, from Mick Jagger portfolio, 1975 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003. Andy Warhol Mick Jagger 144 is listed as catalogue raisonne number FS II 144.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany our Andy Warhol Mick Jagger 144.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Mick Jagger 144 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: $76k+ Contemporary Portrait