The New Portrait (1984)
About this artwork
In the 1980s Warhol came to be idolised by several emerging artists, in particular Francesco Clemente, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This poster displays one of a series of different portraits Warhol made of Basquiat in 1984. It is based on a sequence of Polaroid photographs that Warhol took in August 1983, which, when pieced together, show the promising young artist’s athletic body in the idealised, statuesque pose of Michelangelo’s ‘David’. Warhol’s use of the negative images not only draws to mind his ‘Reversals’ series, which he began in 1979, but also alludes to x-ray film, mortality and ethereal visions - a notion made more poignant with the knowledge that both artists would be dead by the end of the decade.
- title: The New Portrait
- accession number: AR00452
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Death
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1984
- measurements: 88.60 x 56.80 cm (framed: 96.60 x 65.10 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.