Colored Girl Warholed
Prison Artist
2022 Exhibition
“Look Up!” 2, Hope & Beauty, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

Colored Girl Warholed is in our famous works category, as a result of its solo billboard exhibition “Look Up!” 2, Hope & Beauty, from December 27 2021 – January 31, 2002, Silicon Valley, California.

Colored Girl Warholed is a photo-edited, digital reproduction of C-Note’s 2009, Colored Girl; that was fashioned after Andy Warhol’s 1962, Four Marilyns. 

C-Note photographed holding Colored Girl. He was photographed by Peter Mertz of Peter Mertz Photography. Photo is courtesy of Peter Mertz Photography.
Prints of Colored Girl Warholed went on sale in the spring of 2015. In the fall of 2015, the auction house Christie’s sold Warhol’s Four Marilyns for $36 million.

As a result of the winter of 2019, Covid pandemic, the public was denied access to art galleries and museums due to indoor Covid-19 health restrictions. Despite a vaccine being provided in 2021, the pandemic did not subside as new variants were emerging, thus dashing global, national, and local hopes of returning to normal life. 

One such new Covid variant was the discovery of Omicron in the fall of 2021, and during the winter of 2021, the variant had its highest fatalities. It was in this environment Silicon Valley fine art and real estate broker Anna D. Smith, funded and curated a billboard art exhibition, “Look Up!” 2, Hope & Beauty, featuring Colored Girl Warholed.

In several interviews, Smith states:

I correspond with Donald “C-Note” Hooker and I started to admire his intellect and Art as we continued to write to one another. I thought that his Art would make a unique contribution to my vision of Hope and Beauty in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

I wanted to have the Art of a powerful and soulful man to exhibit my theme therefore I am advocating for prison artist Donald “C-Note” Hooker. It seems to me that the culture of discontent is claiming our innocence and more likely to be exploited rather than elevated. 

Despite Breanna Taylor, Valentina Orellana-Peralta, #MeToo, #SayHerName, C-Note’s Art reminds us we are all grandmothers, mothers, other mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, and have Beauty and Dignity.

Nevertheless, Anna D. Smith’s “Look Up!” 2 Hope & Beauty Billboard Art Exhibition was absolutely necessary in these two + years of trying times of uncertainty and social isolation for all of Humankind. I was able to create two Art Events with C-Note’s help, and I’m joyful about this!

Drone photograph by Dan Powers of Dan Powers Sound + Vision.

Luckily for us, the billboard art exhibition “Look Up!” 2, Hope & Beauty was  droned, and has been featured in several publications, including at the time, Billboard Insider.

1.) “Look Up!” Where did the Great Art Go?

2.) 1 Billboard Accomplishes 2 Objectives | Billboard Insider™

3.) Leading with Heart: Anna D Smith On The Power of Authentic Women’s Leadership | by Pirie Jones Grossman | Authority Magazine | Jan, 2024 | Medium

4.) Meet Anna D. Smith | Fine Art and Real Estate Broker – SHOUTOUT DFWó

What does Colored Girl Warholed mean to you? A tribute to resilience? A celebration of overlooked beauty? A conversation starter? Experience the dynamic fusion of Warhol’s Pop Art legacy and C-Note’s bold contemporary vision. Own art prints from this thought-provoking digital art and make its message a part of your daily life – just click on the image below 👇

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