New York, New York (1987)
About this artwork
Warhol had always been dissatisfied with his appearance and by the 1980s he had erected a complete façade, behind which to hide. His last self-portraits incorporate camouflage patterning, furthering this idea of hiding his true self. These portraits relate to Warhol’s series of photographs of him in his ‘fright wig’. His hair stands on end and his seemingly disembodied head, with blank eyes and slightly parted lips, bears similarities to his skull paintings. It is used here on a poster advertising 1987’s fourth annual copy of ‘Kunst und Kirche’ (Art and Church) - a German magazine for contemporary art and architecture which also explores religious and philosophical views. Warhol was a devout Catholic and his death early in 1987 aroused great interest in the press.
- title: New York, New York
- accession number: AR00339
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1987
- measurements: 56.40 x 44.40 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.