Andy Warhol PRESENTS Joe Dallesandro in FLESH
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Andy Warhol PRESENTS Joe Dallesandro in FLESH 1969
  • Artist Rooms
Released in 1968, ‘Flesh’ proved to be a major success, marking a turning point in Warhol’s films. Throughout his career Warhol made numerous movies, many of which were experimental and pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in cinema. Yet 'Flesh' was conceived, filmed and edited by the young film-maker Paul Morrissey whilst Warhol was recovering from gun-shot wounds. With it he bridged the gap between Warhol’s traditionally avant-garde films and commercial Hollywood. Using a film-still of Joe Dallesandro on the poster was a deliberate acknowledgement by Morrissey that the young actor’s photogenic looks would encourage viewers. Also, despite Warhol’s minimal involvement, including his name in the title draws on his celebrity as a marketing tool.

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Avant garde

Cultural practices that challenge tradition through experimentation and innovation. Originally a military term, in art it is particularly associated with the late 19th and 20th centuries.

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Details

  • Acc. No. AR00378
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 83.90 x 59.20 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008