Andy Warhol

Some Men Need Help (1982)

About this artwork

‘Some Men Need Help’ was a two-man play dealing with alcoholism written by John Ford Noonan. It opening at the 47th Street Theatre in New York on October 28th, 1982 but closed the following night. Starring Philip Bosco and Treat Williams it was also produced in association with Jane Holzer – a former Warhol 'superstar'. This poster design by Warhol features a screenprint based on a publicity photo of the two actors. The print shows characteristics of Warhol’s work from the 1980s. He has combined blocks of colour which, through their irregularity and breaking out of the image’s frame, appear collaged. On top of this is a printed photographic image and a screenprinted linear drawing, which highlights details of the figures.

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  • title: Some Men Need Help
  • accession number: AR00408
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1982
  • measurements: 55.80 x 35.40 cm (framed: 62.50 x 42.20 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.
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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.