Photo de Film (Grimace) (1962 - 1967)
About this artwork
‘Grimace’ was the first film by Icelandic artist Erró. Produced over several years between 1962 and 1967, it shows the faces of over a hundred artists, gallery owners and critics grimacing to his camera. Testimony to the astute networking of the artist following his first trip to New York, the film includes the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexandre Iolas and, of course, Andy Warhol. The Pop Art scene that prevailed in New York at the time had a profound impact on the young artist and influenced his work a great deal since.
- title: Photo de Film (Grimace)
- accession number: AR00413
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1962 - 1967
- measurements: 94.50 x 63.00 cm (framed: 103.00 x 71.00 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.