Andy Warhol – Für Die Grünen (1978)
About this artwork
This poster promoting the German Green Party was designed by Warhol in 1978 at the suggestion of the German artist, Joseph Beuys. Beuys had always been interested in politics. In the 1970s he was an important figure in the first Green party which strongly opposed the use of nuclear power. Warhol has created a simple design with a green and white colour scheme. He knew the importance of clever advertising. Warhol began his career in the commercial art industry in the 1950s and was therefore fully aware what a ‘name’ could bring to a campaign. In signing ‘Andy Warhol’ across the poster alongside a repeated linear self-portrait, Warhol instantly attaches his celebrity to Beuys’s cause.
- title: Andy Warhol – Für Die Grünen
- accession number: AR00370
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1978
- measurements: 100.90 x 76.90 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.