Pop-Op Rock (1966)
About this artwork
During the mid-1960s the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco was a focal point for counterculture and psychedelic music. This poster, designed by Wes Wilson, was for the 1966 show ‘Pop-Op’, which featured Warhol’s Plastic Inevitable (a series of multimedia events held between 1966-7), as the headline act. It also included The Velvet Underground, the band who Warhol managed from 1965, and one of his Superstars, Nico, “Pop girl of ’66?”. This poster is vibrant, fun and typical of 1960s design.
- title: Pop-Op Rock
- accession number: AR00385
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1966
- measurements: 50.80 x 35.50 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.