Nico Canvas

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Nico Canvas Print

Year: 2010
Run Size: 450
Part of Set: none
Size: 18x24
Paper: unknown
Print Type: Screen Print
Release Date: 05/01/2010

This print was available for purchase during the in-person print sale preceeding the opening of the May Day show at Deitch gallery, on 05/01/2010. It retailed for $100, and only a small portion of the run of 450 were sold. It was released for sale on for $65 on 06/10/2010.


This poster is from a painting I did of Nico from the Velvet Underground. The painting was based on a photo by Billy Name who worked with Warhol in the Factory. For anyone who does not know, Warhol managed the Velvet Underground, got them their record deal, and designed their first record cover with the banana (which could originally be peeled). Warhol also suggested that Nico, a german fashion model and singer, be in the group. I love her vocals on songs like "Femme Fatale" and "I'll be Your Mirror", but apparently Lou Reed did not like her much and kicked her out of the group. She kept recording and made solo records until the early 80's. Iggy Pop had some vague sexual encounters with Nico in the late 60's, and John Cale from the Velvet Underground produced the first (Iggy and the)Stooges album. Considering I got into Warhol, VU, and The Stooges separately, it is fascinating how connected they are. Billy Name gets some of the money on this Nico poster. -Shepard

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