In 1972 Warhol received a commission from famed architects Johnson & Burgee to do a series of prints for their new project, the Hotel Marquette in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The subsequent 472 prints that formed Sunset were installed in the rooms of the hotel. When the hotel was renovated in 1981, the prints from the hotel were returned to Warhol.
A still from a Warhol film commissioned by the de Menil family for the Rothko Chapel is considered to be the source material for these images. Each hazy image from Sunset celebrates the subtle unique variations in each composition. Sunset is also importantly Warhol's first portfolio where the prints are numbered and assembled as standard edition prints even though each is unique. This idea pushed the traditional boundaries for editioned prints, blurring the lines between his unique material and his printed editions.