Andy Warhol

Summer Arts in the Parks (1980)

About this artwork

‘Summer Arts in the Parks’ was an initiative launched in 1967, when New York City’s parks commissioner oversaw a project to bring temporary art installations to the city’s green spaces. Over the years, many artists have taken part in a bid to allow a greater access to public art. This poster advertising the 1980 programme, features one of Warhol’s flower paintings, which he first made in the mid 1960s. The artwork, however, demonstrates characteristics of his work from the late seventies - such as the inclusion of a contrasting linear drawing alongside the bold blocks of printed colour.

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  • title: Summer Arts in the Parks
  • accession number: AR00429
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1980
  • measurements: 61.00 x 45.70 cm (framed: 67.70 x 52.50 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.
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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.