Turquoise Marilyn, 1962

Warhol was fascinated with Hollywood superstars.  Turquoise Marilyn is one of about thirty different silkscreen editions of this famous face created between 1962 and 1964.  All the pictures in these series are based a promotional photograph Warhol purchased from the 1953 film Niagara.

Warhol painted Marilyn's public image, glamorous, seductive, and garish.  It's the only image most of us are familiar with, really.  Where Marilyn's public mask ended and the real person began, however, remains a mystery—just as it has with Warhol himself.

The artist's Marilyns, like his other portraits, communicate a machine aesthetic, flat and deadpan.  Do they express Warhol's notion that "everybody should be a machine"?

Here's a sampling of Marilyn criticism: