Andy Warhol

Ryuichi Sakamoto 1983 (1984)

About this artwork

Music had a prominent role in both Warhol’s professional and personal life. From designing the infamous cover for The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album, to being a regular at the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54, Warhol mixed with the stars of the music industry. This poster features the portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto, an experimental musician who has achieved success in many aspects of the music industry, including orchestral compositions, pop music and film soundtracks. Warhol’s portrait of the Japanese star combines blocks of collage-like colour with a photographic screenprint. Yet, typical of his work from the 1980s, he has also incorporated hand-drawn (and later, printed) contours which pick out details.

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  • title: Ryuichi Sakamoto 1983
  • accession number: AR00453
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1984
  • measurements: 72.50 x 51.20 cm (framed: 79.20 x 58.20 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.
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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.