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ICON is from my -Girl, Woman, Girl- series. The woman is Marilyn Marks who I met in NYC. I see her image replacing Marilyn Monroe as the ideal American Woman: dark, of uncertain ethnic origins. In 1962 Warhol painted his famous-Marilyn-, blonde, blue-eyed, and openly sexual. A tacit promise to American men.
ICON represents all women who celebrate both their beauty and self-awareness. The painting brings in visual references to other artists. Yellow and green are echoes of Warhol's Marilyn. The yellow "borrows" from the blonde. The lips are Tom Wesselmann, and the drips a faint reference to Pollock.
August 21st, 2007
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