Tongue in Ear (1980)
About this artwork
Warhol’s voyeuristic interest in the male body is visible throughout his oeuvre, from films such as ‘Sleep’ of 1963 through to his stitched torso photographs of 1986. This fascination is first evident in his early line drawings of young men from the mid to late 1950s, of which many were included in his ‘Drawings for a Boy Book’ exhibition at the Bodley Gallery in New York in 1956. This drawing displays many characteristics of his earlier works from the fifties, such as stylised, abstracted shapes. However, it was most likely traced from a projected photograph rather than drawn from life. By the 1980s homosexuality was becoming accepted in more parts of America and this work flaunts a more overt eroticism than that which was evident in the earlier drawings.
- title: Tongue in Ear
- accession number: AR00595
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Graphite on paper
- date created: 1980
- measurements: 80.00 x 60.00 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.
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.