Andy Warhol's TRASH (1970)
About this artwork
Throughout his career Warhol made numerous films, many of which were experimental and pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in cinema. ‘Trash’ was his most successful. It features Joe Dallesandro, a frequent star in the Paul Morrissey-directed-Warhol films, in the lead role as a drug addict living in a New York slum. It deglamourised the widespread drug scene, showing the ugly side of addiction and graphic scenes of drug injection. This is reminiscent of an advert Warhol designed in 1951 for a radio show called ‘The Nation’s Nightmare’ which dealt with the darker side of American culture – a theme that continued through much of his later work. This poster draws on Dallesandro’s good looks as a marketing tool to attract the crowds.
- title: Andy Warhol's TRASH
- accession number: AR00380
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1970
- measurements: 83.50 x 58.80 cm (90.50 x 65.60 x 3.80 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.