Castelli Gallery (1982)
About this artwork
Warhol had a joint exhibition with the German-born photographer Hans Namuth at New York’s Castelli Gallery in 1982. Namuth specialised in portraits and is most famous for his photographs of Jackson Pollock creating his iconic drip paintings. This portrait is part of his project to photograph the artists represented by Castelli. It shows Warhol standing in front of Rubens’s painting ‘Reconciliation of the Queen and her Son’, which was part of his Marie de Medici Cycle. Rubens was famous for painting the celebrities of his day, providing them with an image to bolster their power. Warhol did the same with his pop portraits, indeed Robert Rosenblum described him as “an ideal court painter”. Rubens also employed a large studio of assistants which is paralleled in Warhol’s Factory.
- title: Castelli Gallery
- accession number: AR00437
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1982
- measurements: 55.70 x 50.70 cm (framed: 62.60 x 57.60 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.