Andy Warhol Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein 1974

Artwork details

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Title
Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein
Date 1974
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Support: 1042 x 688 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00329
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Throughout his career Warhol made numerous films, many of which were experimental and pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in cinema. In 1973 Warhol and Paul Morrissey collaborated on two Italian-produced horror films – ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’. These films were violent and sexually explicit versions of the nineteenth-century classic novels. In 1968 Warhol was shot and critically injured and the extensive surgery he required left him badly scarred. In 'Frankenstein', with its graphic shots of disfigured bodies, Warhol can be seen as confronting his own body’s mutilation. Despite generally unflattering reviews, it was a remarkable success following its 1974 release.

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