This image is presented as a "thumbnail" because it is protected by copyright. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts respects the rights of artists who retain the copyright to their work. Title:Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)Artist:Andy Warhol
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Printed by Aetna Silkscreen Products, New York Date:1967Creation Place:North America, United StatesCredit Line:The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip FundImage Copyright:Â©Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkAccession Number:P.68.379
Warhol's manipulated representations of a well-known studio still of Marilyn Monroe were conceived as commentary on the reality of celebrities as cultural commodities. Published as a series of ten prints, these larger than life portraits of the tragic American icon were produced using the quick and relatively inexpensive printing method of screenprinting, commonly used by commercial presses for signs and advertisements. Warhol's garish colors and off-register printing reinforce the appearance of a mass-produced object. Presented in an art context, these powerful portraits become a self-reflective critique on the values and priorities of modern society.