Global Art Fusion (1985)
About this artwork
This poster is for a joint exhibition between Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys at the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna in 1985. On the surface both artists appear quite different but they shared an understanding and mastery of the news media, and an ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art. Both artists had a mutual admiration for each other's work and in 1980 Warhol produced a series of portraits of the German artist. Beuys, Warhol and Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama collaborated on this exhibition poster. It is distinctly unlike most of the posters designed to advertise Warhol’s shows. Characteristically they display his name prominently alongside an example of his work from the exhibition. However, here his surname is not even legible.
- title: Global Art Fusion
- accession number: AR00459
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1985
- measurements: 68.80 x 49.80 cm (framed: 76.50 x 76.50 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.