Andy Warhol

Cano (1948)

About this artwork

In 1948, while studying at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), Warhol served as art editor for the student newspaper ‘Cano’. His work of this time shows the earliest examples of his blotted-line technique which helped bring him success as a commercial artist in New York. This illustration is perhaps a study for the cover of the November issue of the magazine, as the design that was published resembles aspects of this illustration. Both are based on imagery referring to the meaning of the word ‘Cano’ (Latin for ‘I sing’ or ‘make music’) executed in red and black inks. Here the central figure on the swing appears to be singing and in the published design Warhol depicts a group of musicians all playing violins.

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  • title: Cano
  • accession number: AR00265
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1948
  • measurements: 23.00 x 15.40 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.