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

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Andy Warhol's PORK 1971
  • Artist Rooms
Based on the recorded conversations between ‘Superstar’ Brigid Polk and Warhol, ‘Pork’ was the first of two plays conceived by the pop artist. It opened in 1971 and, following a brief period in New York, travelled to London where it was an outrageous success. Stemming from his days as a commercial artist in the 1950s, Warhol had always excelled at promoting himself. This poster is an example of his clever marketing technique. Warhol’s name was itself a brand and by incorporating it into the title, alongside a prominent image of himself, he successfully draws on his own celebrity as a marketing tool.

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Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Warhol’s Superstars

The superstars were a group of people who frequented Andy Warhol’s studio, The Factory, in New York. They epitomised his notion that “everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”, appearing in his artwork and acting as his entourage at social events.

Pop Art, Warhol’s Superstars

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00322
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 76.40 x 51.00 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