The Brooklyn Bridge 1883-1983 (1983)
About this artwork
This poster is advertising the ArtExpo fair (an international art event) at the New York Coliseum in 1983. It features two screenprinted images of the Brooklyn Bridge by Warhol. He has incorporated blocks of irregularly shaped colour which, although screenprinted, appear like collaged fragments of coloured paper. The image is especially significant as 1983 marked the centennial celebrations of the iconic suspension bridge which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan.
- title: The Brooklyn Bridge 1883-1983
- accession number: AR00449
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1983
- measurements: 66.50 x 41.20 cm (framed: 73.30 x 48.00 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.