Warhols studio was always a hangout, particularly in the 1960s and 70s and was named The Factory. In the 60s visitors to The Factory included New York socialites, entertainers, artists, writers, drug addicts, hangers-on a whole array of people. In 1964, just as Warhol was completing a series of Marilyn canvases, Dorothy Podber (a speed freak and friend of Factory photographer, Billy Name) arrived at Warhols studio and upon seeing the freshly completed paintings asked Warhol if she could shoot them. Warhol, apparently not comprehending Podbers meaning of the word shoot agreed, and Podber then pulled out a small revolver and fired a shot into a stack of Marilyn paintings. The surviving canvases were called the Shot Marilyn Paintings.
You will see that in the print Shot Blue Marilyn a spot appears on Marilyns forehead. The spot appears on the print because it accurately reflects the actual canvas. We work closely with the Warhol Foundation on all our reproductions of Andy Warhols work and they felt that it was important not to re-touch the spot because of the history surrounding the Shot Marilyn paintings.