Andy Warhol

Camouflage

1986

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Acrylic paint and silkscreen on 4 canvases
Dimensions
Support, each: 1830 x 1830 x 33 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
AR00611

Not on display

Display caption

Camouflage is specifically designed to blend into its environment, but the pattern is also strongly associated with the armed forces. The paradox of a disguise which is also a recognisable emblem may have appealed to Warhol’s concern with brands and logos. Reproducing the non-representational pattern also connected with his long-held interest in Abstract Expressionist painting. In this series of colourful reworkings, the function of camouflage is obliterated. On the furthest right panel, the pattern becomes mock-patriotic, in red, white and blue.

Gallery label, March 2010

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