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Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
signed in pencil by the artist and numbered 227/250, signed in felt-tip pen by Mick Jagger
screenprint in colours
111 x 73.3cm (43 11/16 x 28 7/8in).
Printed by Alexander Heinrici, New York, published by Seabird Editions, London, with their inkstamp verso
Feldman & Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints 1962-1987, Fourth Edition, 2003, no. II.143, p.93
In 1964 the Rolling Stones embarked on their first tour of the United States. It was this year, at a party in New York, that Andy Warhol first met Mick Jagger. Their initial artistic collaboration was when the Stones asked Warhol to design the album cover for 1971's Sticky Fingers.
It wasn't until 1975 that they began their second partnership, when Seabird Editions in London offered to publish a portfolio of ten screenprints. The Rolling Stones were touring the United States for the sixth time when Jagger, staying with his wife, Bianca in Warhol's Montauk home, sat for the Polaroids that would come to be the Mick Jagger Portfolio.
From these Polaroids, Warhol made line drawings and combined them with collage-like blocks of solid colour; a technique that would be echoed in his later works. Jagger said of working with Warhol: "Working with Andy was relatively easy. Doing the portraits that you see was so great, 'cause he just used to get his polaroid out and just do '1, 2, 3, and 4,' and then 'turn,' and then a few of that and you were basically done."