Dollar Sign, 1981

Andy Warhol first exhibited the series Dollar Signs at Leo Castelli’s Greene Street Gallery in 1982. The seemingly endless succession of dollar signs on the wall transformed the space into a veritable temple of financial worship articulated in the artist’s inimitable palette of bright Pop colours. The Dollar Signs explore the universal recognizability and semiotic power of cultural icons that comprise everyday life. The sign is connected to Warhol’s lifelong fascination with money as a ubiquitous symbol of wealth, power, and status that spans his entire oeuvre as a key leitmotif and inextricably links his art with his own biography.