Andy Warhol's BAD (1977)
About this artwork
Throughout his career Warhol made numerous films, many of which were experimental and pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in cinema. ‘Bad’ was Warhol’s last film, featuring Jed Johnson as director and Warhol as executive producer. The script was based on Warhol’s idea of creating a film that followed the headlines from the 'Enquirer' magazine. It centres on a New York housewife who runs both an electrolysis business and a hit-man service in order to keep up with household bills. With the murderers being exclusively women, they specialise in the more ‘unpleasant’ jobs such as killing children. Warhol’s name was in itself a brand and by incorporating it into the title, he successfully draws on his own celebrity as a marketing tool.
- title: Andy Warhol's BAD
- accession number: AR00387
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1977
- measurements: 52.00 x 68.60 cm (framed: 58.50 x 75.50 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.