Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein

1974

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Support: 1042 x 688 mm
frame: 1122 x 765 x 38 mm
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

On loan to: Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK)

Exhibition: ARTIST ROOMS 2016: Andy Warhol

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.