Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's Exposures (1979)

About this artwork

Following his purchase of a new camera in 1976, Warhol exclaimed to his friend Bob Colacello: “We should do a photography book together, Bob. We've got to take photographs wherever we go from now on. It's work now, Bob”. The result was a book of photographs and profiles of the stars of rock and roll, the art world, fashion and politics. It is an insight into the lives of Warhol’s celebrity friends, both in pictures and via his entertaining narration. This poster is the same design as the cover of the book. It is a collage of snapshots of superstars with a grinning profile of the artist on the right. Warhol’s name was in itself a brand and by including it in the title of the book, he successfully draws on his own celebrity as a marketing tool.

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  • title: Andy Warhol's Exposures
  • accession number: AR00340
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1979
  • measurements: 58.70 x 70.00 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.
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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.