A few months ago while killing time before a movie, I stopped by NYC’s famous Strand Bookstore near Union Square. On the second floor they have a section housing old art auction catalogs from Phillips, Christie’s, Sotheby’s etc. If you’re willing to do some digging, you can find full-page prints of great art to take home and frame (or if you’re sneaky like me, scan, print and frame at a larger size). One of my favorite finds that day was a series of prints by Andy Warhol featuring Mick Jagger. I’d seen one of two of these before, but not the whole series together. I love how abstract and playful they are. They also look a bit drag queen-ish to me, which I also enjoy. Upon doing a bit more reading, Warhol & Jagger worked together a lot, most-famously for the Rolling Stones cover Andy designed. According to Revolver Gallery, “In 1969 the Rolling Stones worked on their ninth studio album Sticky Fingers. The band approached Andy Warhol and asked him to design its sleeve. Warhol agreed and received a letter from Mick Jagger that included a polite warning not to make the cover too complex to avoid problems during production. Warhol ignored Jagger’s warning and went on to produce an unforgettable cover that featured a close-up shot of actor and “Warhol superstar” Joe Dallesandros.” Love that story! So while everyone has seen Warhols Campbell’s Soup prints, or the iconic Marilyn Monroe portraits, here’s a deeper look into his oeuvre of work. Get into it!
Great right? Here’s some photos of the two together and some Polaroid’s by Warhol. Lastly is a letter from Jagger to Warhol about their iconic album over.