City Gallery (1982)
About this artwork
This is a poster for a 1982 exhibition at New York’s City Gallery which included work by Warhol. He was one of 27 artists and photographers who came together to create four portfolios, with the aim to assist in the transformation of the Second Avenue Courthouse building into the new home of the Anthology Film Archives. Established in 1970, it was the first museum dedicated to avant-garde film and video. This was understandably a cause close to Warhol’s heart ever since his experimental film days in the 1960s. It may have influenced his decision to donate his original films to The Museum of Modern Art for cataloguing and storage, in collaboration with The Whitney Museum of American Art.
- title: City Gallery
- accession number: AR00441
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1982
- measurements: 96.50 x 31.50 cm (framed: 104.60 x 40.00 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.