Andy Warhol's PORK (1971)
About this artwork
Based on the recorded conversations between ‘Superstar’ Brigid Polk and Warhol, ‘Pork’ was the first of two plays conceived by the pop artist. It opened in 1971 and, following a brief period in New York, travelled to London where it was an outrageous success. Stemming from his days as a commercial artist in the 1950s, Warhol had always excelled at promoting himself. This poster is an example of his clever marketing technique. Warhol’s name was itself a brand and by incorporating it into the title, alongside a prominent image of himself, he successfully draws on his own celebrity as a marketing tool.
- title: Andy Warhol's PORK
- accession number: AR00322
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1971
- measurements: 76.40 x 51.00 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.