MAN ON THE MOON: A New Musical (1974)
About this artwork
Warhol and Paul Morrissey collaborated for the last time on the Broadway musical, ‘The Man on the Moon’. Morrissey had a key role to play in many of Warhol’s films and it was under his direction that the films bridged the gap between art-house cinema and the mainstream. Whether this was a positive shift, however, is often disputed. The 'Man on the Moon' was written by ex-Mamas and Papas band member John Phillips. Yet, following an all-star opening night at the Little Theatre in New York, it was slated by critics and closed after five nights. This simple poster design is reminiscent of Warhol’s drawings from the 1950s when he used his blotted-line technique to create whimsical adverts for the fashion industry.
- title: MAN ON THE MOON: A New Musical
- accession number: AR00419
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- medium: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1974
- measurements: 56.50 x 35.40 cm (framed: 63.30 x 42.20 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.