Andy Warhol

Dissection Class


Not on display

Andy Warhol 1928–1987
6 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper and thread
Object: 695 × 805 mm
frame: 972 × 1067 × 25 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
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

Online caption

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. Throughout Warhol’s oeuvre, the theme of death features strongly. The repetition of such a gruesome photograph is reminiscent of his 'Death and Disaster' works of the 1960s. Like ‘Dissection Class’, these images of death and violence explore our voyeuristic fascination with mortality and human tragedy.

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