The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 27, 2016

Marilyn x 100, 1962

screenprint ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Framed: 210.19 x 573.15 x 6.35 cm (82 3/4 x 225 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches); Unframed: 205.70 x 567.70 cm (80 15/16 x 223 1/2 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund, and Anonymous Gift 1997.246

Andy Warhol was well known in the 1960s for his works appropriated from advertisements and popular culture icons. Marilyn x 100 is the largest of Warhol’s many renderings of Marilyn Monroe, prompted by her suicide in 1962. Based on publicity photos, the painting has a strong visual duality. Astringent colors painted over the 50 silk-screened images on the left oppose the 50 black and white portraits that recall newspaper images of the actress. Some of the images are printed off-register, others are smudged or faded. Each print of Monroe’s face is flawed, and collectively they refer to the synthetic façade of celebrity that is repeatedly mass-produced and consumed. Warhol explored Monroe’s face as a sacred image-visibly damaged and deteriorated, yet celebrated as a cultural icon.

Library materials about Andy Warhol (274)

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