Andy Warhol's DRACULA (1973)
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. In 1973 Warhol and Paul Morrissey collaborated on two Italian-produced horror films – ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’. Originally produced in 3-D, these films were violent and sexually explicit versions of the nineteenth-century classic novels. Despite Warhol’s name being attached to the film, Dracula was essentially the work of Morrissey and it achieved a cult following. The count was played by German actor Udo Kier and he features here on the poster for the film’s release in China. The photographs appear to be stills from the movie and are arranged to resemble a film strip.
- title: Andy Warhol's DRACULA
- accession number: AR00366
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1973
- measurements: 72.40 x 51.20 cm (framed: 79.40 x 58.20 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.