Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys (1968)
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. Filmed in Arizona in January 1968, ‘Lonesome Cowboys’ was the last film that Warhol directed himself. Originally conceived as a tongue-in-cheek version of the traditional Hollywood western, it was “supposed to be a Romeo-Juliet type story”. Yet it failed to deliver. Critical opinion was divided over many of Warhol’s films and although ‘Lonesome Cowboys’ featured several Warhol ‘superstars’ and followed his extremely popular 1966 film ‘Chelsea Girls’, it is generally considered one of his least successful works. It is particularly renowned for a violent scene which resulted in Warhol being put under FBI surveillance for a year.
- title: Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys
- accession number: AR00334
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1968
- measurements: 47.30 x 39.70 cm (framed: 54.00 x 36.30 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.