MAN ON THE MOON: A New Musical
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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MAN ON THE MOON: A New Musical 1974
  • Artist Rooms
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.

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Blotted-Line Technique

Andy Warhol first experimented with this form of print-making whilst a student and it would later characterise his commercial work of the 1950s. With two sheets of paper hinged together, a pencil drawing is made on one sheet which is subsequently traced over with ink. Whilst the ink is still wet the sheets of paper are pressed together, thus transferring the line. The result is a broken, yet apparently intuitive, line drawing.

Blotted-Line Technique


  • Acc. No. AR00419
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 56.50 x 35.40 cm (framed: 63.30 x 42.20 x 3.80 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