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 achieved success in many aspects of the music industry, including orchestral compositions, pop music and film soundtracks. However, combined with the Japanese calligraphy, the poster advertises Suntory Whisky, a Japanese Single Malt. Suntory was one of the first Asian manufactures to actively seek promotion from American celebrities such as Warhol, who at this time was designing ad campaigns for other products and businesses.
- title: Ryuichi Sakamoto 1983
- accession number: AR00454
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- medium: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1984
- measurements: 102.50 x 145.00 cm (113.00 x 155.50 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.