frame: 633 x 422 x 38 mm
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
Warhol and Paul Morrissey collaborated for the last time on the Broadway musical, ‘The Man on the Moon’. Morrissey had a key role to play in many of Warhol’s films and it was under his direction that the films bridged the gap between art-house cinema and the mainstream. Whether this was a positive shift, however, is often disputed. The 'Man on the Moon' was written by ex-Mamas and Papas band member John Phillips. Yet, following an all-star opening night at the Little Theatre in New York, it was slated by critics and closed after five nights. This simple poster design is reminiscent of Warhol’s drawings from the 1950s when he used his blotted-line technique to create whimsical adverts for the fashion industry.