Andy WarholTrash Cans 1986

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Andy Warhol (1928‑1987)
Trash Cans
Date 1986
Medium4 photographs, gelatine silver print on paper and thread
Dimensionssupport: 698 x 543 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
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Following the gift of a camera in 1976, Warhol began to photographically document every aspect of his life from the people he met to graffiti on the streets. In 1986 he developed some of these images into what became known as his stitched photographs. Created by sewing several identical images together, these works are indebted to his early screenprints in their use of repetition and grid formation. He would often photograph and repeat seemingly ordinary objects and signs, such as this rubbish bin. By doing this Warhol is emphasising the broader significance of the often dull, commonplace things we encounter on a daily basis.

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