The Beatles Print Set

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The Beatles Print Set

Year: various years
Run Size: various
Size: 18x24
Paper: unknown
Print Type: Screen Print

This set is considered by many collectors to be the "holy grail" of Obey prints. These images are based on John Kelley's photographs of The Beatles (with Andre substituting for George Harrison); for more information, see The Beatles. Please see individual prints for year and run size information.

From Supply and Demand, pg. 261:
With the Beatles series, I again hijacked something with more cultural clout than Andre the Giant or professional wrestling, or my dada art project for that matter. In a sense, the Beatles are such a venerated pop culture institution that replacing George Harrison’s face with Andre’s is kind of irreverent, but people also have such a positive association with the Beatles that there’s somewhat of a Pavlovian euphoria to just produce portraits of the Beatles and associate Andre with it. That was one of my most sought-after sets of work, another example of my piggybacking onto the cultural cache of something and benefiting from it, but I don’t really feel guilty about it because that’s the currency out there, and there are lots of exchanges of cultural currency.

Prints in This Set: Andre - Four Giant Beatles - John - Paul - Ringo - The Fifth Beatles Print