Candy Box Heart (1983)
About this artwork
Warhol is renowned for his flashy portraits of the rich and famous. However, he also created a more personal range of works, most of which were intended as gifts for friends and colleagues. In 1983 he began a series of prints based on a box of chocolates. The image used here is a closed version of the Candy Box Heart and has been used to advertise an exhibition of Warhol’s work in Berlin. Derived from a photograph, the image has been screenprinted in black on to a vibrant red background to create a striking design. As well as images of chocolate boxes (Warhol was a huge chocolate fanatic), the 1980s saw Warhol produce prints of human hearts and an instructional sign concerning heart attacks.
- title: Candy Box Heart
- accession number: AR00450
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- medium: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1983
- measurements: 72.90 x 55.70 cm (framed:77.90 x 62.70 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.