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

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Male Nude 1987

On Tour On tour at UK / MIDDLESBROUGH / MIMA

  • Artist Rooms
Following the gift of a camera in 1976, Warhol began to document photographically every aspect of his life, from the people he met to graffiti on the streets. He also utilised it in his studio to create more formal compositions. 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. The strong contrast between light and shadow in this work emphasises the subject’s muscles and suggests links to classical sculpture. The abstract quality, with the figure harshly cropped across his forehead and thighs, is emphasised by the repetition.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

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.

Abstract art, Composition, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00298
  • Medium 4 photographs, gelatine silver print on paper and thread
  • Size 71.11 x 55.90 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