Andy Warhol (1978)
About this artwork
This poster is for a small exhibition of Warhol’s work held at the Student Center Art Gallery at Seton Hall University. Conceived by the show’s coordinator following a meeting with Warhol, the exhibition comprised a range of work including portraits, electric chairs, Campbell’s Soup Cans and three of his films – 'Frankenstein', 'Dracula' and 'Heat'. It was hoped that “Warhol himself may attend the opening” – but his diaries do not indicate that he did. The poster design uses a photo of Warhol on the telephone in a repeated grid format, with some images more faded than others. This draws parallels with Warhol’s own work and particularly his screenprints, where the repetition would often result in variations of the image’s intensity.
- title: Andy Warhol
- accession number: AR00333
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Andy Warhol
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1978
- measurements: 73.80 x 50.90 cm (framed: 80.70 x 57.50 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.