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

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Cadaver 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. There is an abstract quality to this work created through the brutal cropping and strong contrasting tones. In repeating the image, the abstraction is heightened and is reminiscent of Warhol’s 'Death and Disaster' works of the 1960s. Like ‘Cadaver’ these images of death and violence explore our voyeuristic fascination with mortality and human tragedy.

Glossary Open

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.

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.

Voyeurism

Sexual pleasure gained from secretly watching other people naked or in sexual situations.

Abstract art, Screenprint, Voyeurism

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00293
  • Medium 6 photographs, gelatine silver print on paper and thread
  • Size 80.30 x 69.40 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