Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1974)
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. In 1973 Warhol and Paul Morrissey collaborated on two Italian-produced horror films – ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’. These films were violent and sexually explicit versions of the nineteenth-century classic novels. In 1968 Warhol was shot and critically injured and the extensive surgery he required left him badly scarred. In 'Frankenstein', with its graphic shots of disfigured bodies, Warhol can be seen as confronting his own body’s mutilation. Despite generally unflattering reviews, it was a remarkable success following its 1974 release.
- title: Andy Warhol's Frankenstein
- accession number: AR00329
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1974
- measurements: 104.20 x 68.80 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.