A (black A) (about 1984)
About this artwork
This is a poster advertising Andy Warhol’s movies in Japan. Throughout his career Warhol made numerous films, many of which were experimental and pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in cinema. He knew the importance of marketing himself and so often included his name in the film title and on advertising material - often alongside an image of himself, as demonstrated here.
- title: A (black A)
- accession number: AR00412
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Andy Warhol
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: about 1984
- measurements: 102.50 x 72.50 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.