Title: Lamentation 388
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Size: 36″ x 36″
Details: Edition of 100, 25 AP, 5 PP, 10 HC, 25 numbered in Roman numerals, signed and numbered in pencil on verso. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith. Published by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., New York.
Provenance: Martha Graham
Andy Warhol created Lamentation 388 in 1986 for his portfolio Martha Graham. The screenprint features dancer Martha Graham, a great influence to modern dance as it is know today. Warhol captures the beauty of a different art form, dance, and replicates its splendor in a still image. Barbara Morgan photographed the source image during Graham’s performance of Lamentation, the dance for which the piece is named. To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Martha Graham Dance Center of Contemporary Dance in New York, Andy Warhol created this portfolio to honor her contribution to the performing arts. Warhol’s portfolio compliments Graham by showing a variation of her abilities not just as a dancer, but also as someone who communicates profound emotion through movement. This particular print has a special provenance, as it is from the edition previously owned by Martha Graham.