Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection.
N.B. Celebrity is the human equivalent of commercial consumerism, as we are reminded by The National Inquirer and People magazine. Warhol's visual commentaries on popular culture in the late 1950s and early 1960s made the artist himself into a pop icon. His name has become a household word - a commodity - not unlike Campbell's Soup. The choice of The Rolling Stone's lead singer Mick Jagger as a subject continued the trend that Warhol began with personalities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
Warhol created the concept for The Stone's Sticky Fingers album cover of 1971. In the 1960s and 1970s, album covers were as much art as they were marketing, so it is not surprising that Warhol would be interested in such a task. Instantly recognizable as a strutting bad boy of rock in this 1975 print, Jagger's image is given the now-classic Warhol treatment of screenprinting and color blocking. The print is signed not only by the artist, but by the rock star as well. The inclusion of Jagger's signature hints at the collectability of rock and roll memorabilia.
Mick Jagger, from the portfolio Mick Jagger, 1975, edition of 250 plus proofs, printed by Alexander Heinrici, New York, published by Seabird Editions, London (Feldman & Schellmann, II.145). Signed "/Andy Warhol" in felt-tip pen l.r., signed "Mick Jagger" in thick felt-tip pen l.l., numbered "87/250" in pencil l.l. Color screenprint on heavy watercolor-style paper, sheet size 43 1/2 x 29 in. (110.5 x 73.6 cm)