Andy Warhol

Are You Different?

c.1985–6

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Acrylic paint and silkscreen on 2 canvases
Dimensions
Support: 510 x 410 x 20 mm
support: 512 x 410 x 20 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
AR00236

Not on display

Online caption

During the mid 1980s Warhol returned to the newspaper adverts that had informed his paintings of the early 1960s. He created a group of works called ‘Ad’s and Illustrations’ that differed from his photographic screenprints and highly stylised images of celebrities. They are mostly black and white and were created by tracing the original adverts by hand, which creates a looser, graphic quality. During the 1980s the U.S.A. was still in the depths of the Cold War. Within this context three themes emerge in these paintings: war, death and religion. This work is clearly spiritual, with light radiating from a star on the figure’s forehead and its soul-searching question. It also suggests Warhol’s personal insecurities about his appearance and enormous desire to ‘fit in’.

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