The Art of Giving (1981)
About this artwork
This poster shows Warhol standing in front of one of his ‘Myth’ series of prints, produced in 1981. The series is based on characters from American popular culture which have become icons, defining different generations. As the print featured here is that of Father Christmas (the rest of the prints from the portfolio are visible along the bottom), it can be presumed that this was a Christmas promotion for the department store ‘Weinstock’s’. Perhaps Warhol lent a series of the works to be shown in the store for the Christmas shoppers to enjoy.
- title: The Art of Giving
- accession number: AR00432
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1981
- measurements: 70.80 x 55.80 cm (framed: 77.50 x 62.50 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.
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.