Take a look at this exhibition poster advertising Andy Warhol’s 1971 exhibition at the Tate. ⁠The poster displays Warhol’s iconic Shot Blue Sage Marilyn (1964). ⁠

Do you know why Warhol named his piece the Shot Blue Sage Marilyn? ⁠


Marilyn, Tate Gallery Poster

Offset lithograph in colours, circa 1971, on wove paper mounted on card stock.

framed 77.6cm x 52.3cm x 3.0cm


The title refers to a shocking incident in which Dorothy Podber, an East Village performance artist and friend of photographer Billy Name, entered Warhol’s Factory studio and asked Warhol if she could 'shoot' the paintings.⁠

Believing Podber intended to photograph the works, Warhol obliged.⁠ Podber then pulled out a small revolver and shot a single bullet through a stack of four recently finished portraits of Marilyn with the blue sage background. ⁠

After the event, Warhol included the word 'Shot' in his titling of the surviving works in reference to Podber’s shooting – in a way, acknowledging Podber as a collaborator to the work. ⁠

Visit our new Andy Warhol exhibition at our Maddox Street Gallery where you’ll find this piece of art history on display and for sale.


Featuring Andy Warhol's vibrant, flamboyant, hand-coloured lithographs from the 1950s and elegant still-life screenprints from the 1970s, the exhibition invites you to revisit the creative world of one of the most famous artists of all time.

Click here to preview the show.

Shapero Modern specialises in Modern & Contemporary prints, multiples and works on paper, with a particular focus on American 20th-century art all of which are available to buy from our website as well as our gallery on Maddox Street in Mayfair. 

The gallery runs a programme of selling exhibitions from both primary and secondary market artists, with six exhibitions per year, including collaborations with contemporary living artists as well as masters of 20th-century post-war editions including Frank StellaAndy WarholRoy LichtensteinDavid HockneyClaes OldenburgAlex KatzPablo Picasso and Joan Miró. 

Shapero Modern exhibits at major international Art Fairs worldwide, including TEFAF Maastricht, Frieze Masters, Masterpiece London, Art Miami, the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair and the London Original Print Fair at Somerset House. Meantime, Tabitha and her team are on hand at Shapero Modern’s Mayfair gallery in the heart of London to advise on all aspects of the art market and collecting.