Press Release

Pop Artist Burton Morris to present his latest Icon Series “Painting Playboy to celebrate 64 years of the iconic Playboy brand in New York City


NEW YORK, NY, October 10, 2017
 — In collaboration with Playboy Enterprises, internationally renowned Pop Artist Burton Morris and Taglialatella Galleries are pleased to present Burton Morris: Painting Playboy, an exhibition of original paintings inspired by the historical connection between Playboy and Pop Art.

In Painting Playboy, Morris has revisited the deep roots of Playboy’s past artist collaborations by exploring one of the the most iconic and recognizable images beyond any pictorials from the famous magazine; the Playboy Bunny logo.

Art has been central to the spirit of Playboy magazine ever since Hugh Hefner launched it in 1953. A cartoonist himself, Hefner sought the world’s most influential artists to help form an identity for his magazine. Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, LeRoy Neiman, Tom Wesselmann, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, and Keith Haring are just a handful of the famous artists who contributed their fun, colorful and provocative imagery to Playboy. Now, sixty-four years after Hugh Hefner created a world-wide source of influence on pop culture and art, his son Cooper Hefner has taken on the task of continuing Playboy’s creative synergy beyond the magazine and into the world of fine art.

Burton Morris first became known across America as the artist who provided a constant colorful presence with his bold, energetic coffee cup painting hanging on the set of the NBC television sitcom Friends in the mid 1990’s. Since then, Morris is arguably one of the most sought-after pop artists by companies and institutions looking for a fresh take on corporate culture. Over the years, Morris has put his own spin on some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Coca Cola, Rolex, Sony, Perrier, Kelloggs, Ford, Chanel, and Shake Shack to name a few. He has created signature artwork for The 76th Annual Academy Awards, The United States Olympic Team, the 2006 MLB All-Star Game, The 38th Montreal Jazz Festival, The 2010 FIFA Cup, and The 2016 USGA U.S. Open. Morris’ artwork is featured in over a dozen public museums and hang in many trend-setting collections, including Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Stan Lee, Tommy Hilfiger and many others.

In light of the recent passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the show will be dedicated in his honor, celebrating the bunny icon he made so famous.



Taglialatella Galleries will host an opening reception (6-9pm) on November 9th at their flagship location, 229 10th Avenue, New York, NY. The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday, November 10th and runs through December 8th, 2017. Attendance is strictly by invitation only.

For more information please call (212) 367-0881, visit or email Media credentials or VIP Invitation and RSVP required for entrance prior to opening reception. Media and VIP access: 4-6pm, November 9th, 2017.