Pete Rose 360B was created by Andy Warhol in 1985, the year that Pete Rose broke the all-time hits record. Commissioned by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Warhol created an 4 image, acrylic on canvas screen print that was based off a photo by Cincinnati photographer, Gordon Baer. True to Pop Art style, the screen print mimics the style of a classic baseball card. Warhol produced 50 impressions of color screen prints of one of the four images. Andy used colors that exemplified who Pete was: a colorful character. Warhol died two years after this commission and Pete Rose was banned from baseball for placing illegal bets.
One of his late-period celebrity portraits, Warhol used acrylic paint on a canvas with four silk-screen images of Rose in a right-handed batting stance. Each image has a different color and the work is notable for being in the style of a baseball card. “It was so brilliant of Andy to make it into a baseball card,” said Carl Soloway, the Cincinnati Art Dealer who approached Warhol about creating the portrait. “And that’s so interesting because baseball cards are collectible and negotiable. So it was a statement about the commercialization of art, just like his soup cans are about the commercialization of branding.”