Andy Warhol

Cow (1976)

About this artwork

“Why don’t you paint some cows” was the suggestion of art dealer Ivan Karp. Consequently Warhol began his series of cow screenprints. Warhol recalled that “when he [Ivan] saw the huge cow heads – bright pink on a bright yellow background – that I was going to have made into wallpaper he was shocked”. This was the first of several wallpaper designs that Warhol created. The repetition in wallpaper is an extension of his fascination with the repeated image in his paintings. Warhol hung paintings on his vibrant cow wallpaper at his 1970 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art: an idea he would continue with in exhibitions such as his 1974 Paris exhibition of Chairman Mao portraits on Mao wallpaper.

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  • title: Cow
  • accession number: AR00466
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Screenprint on paper
  • date created: 1976
  • measurements: 100.00 x 69.80 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.
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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.