Cough
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Cough 1976 -1986
  • Artist Rooms
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. This work features a photograph of handwritten signs in a New York taxi, informing the passengers, among other things, that if they had a cough, the driver had cough drops available. By repeating this image Warhol is emphasising the broader significance of the strange and unexpected things we encounter on a daily basis.

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Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Screenprint

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  • Acc. No. AR00292
  • Medium 6 photographs, gelatine silver print on paper and thread
  • Size 80.50 x 69.50 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