Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary (About 1983)
About this artwork
‘Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary’, was a portfolio of prints by eight artists produced to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art which was founded in 1979. It featured Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Andy Warhol. Warhol’s print, ‘Sidewalk’, was based on a photograph he took of the pavement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Since 1927 film stars have been invited to leave their mark in the wet concrete – a physical realisation of their celebrity and an idea which undoubtedly appealed to Warhol. The box and frontispiece of the portfolio were designed by Joseph Kosuth. Created as an edition of 250, each set sold for $10,000.
- title: Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary
- accession number: AR00410
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: About 1983
- measurements: 106.40 x 73.40 cm (framed: 114.40 x 81.50 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.