Vanishing Animals (1986)
About this artwork
Warhol produced a series of prints of animals to illustrate ‘Vanishing Animals’, a book by the German-born, American pathologist and geneticist, Kurt Benirschke. The book has fifteen chapters, each concentrating on one animal of a lesser-known species that was critically endangered. This poster features one of the prints – a female Douc Langur and its baby. He has incorporated blocks of irregularly shaped colour, which, although screenprinted, appear like collaged fragments of coloured paper. In combining this with hand-drawn lines (also printed), the works appear more expressive than many of his earlier prints. This project (alongside his 1983 portfolio ‘Endangered Species’) shows Warhol’s awareness of and interest in environmental issues.
- title: Vanishing Animals
- accession number: AR00407
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1986
- measurements: 61.00 x 45.50 cm (framed: 67.80 x 52.50 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.