Andy Warhol (1982)
About this artwork
This poster of Andy Warhol depicts the artist in a detailed jacket, sunglasses, and his instantly identifiable silver wig. The photograph was perhaps taken at an opening event or party. With Warhol’s obsession with his appearance and the idea of celebrity, this poster was conceivably produced as an act of self-promotion to be plastered around the streets of New York. There is no identifying text – everyone knew what Andy Warhol looked like.
- title: Andy Warhol
- accession number: AR00438
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Andy Warhol
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1982
- measurements: 73.70 x 50.80 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.