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

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Cow 1976
  • Artist Rooms
“Why don’t you paint some cows” was the suggestion of art dealer Ivan Karp. Consequently Warhol began his series of cow screenprints. Warhol recalled that “when he [Ivan] saw the huge cow heads – bright pink on a bright yellow background – that I was going to have made into wallpaper he was shocked”. This was the first of several wallpaper designs that Warhol created. The repetition in wallpaper is an extension of his fascination with the repeated image in his paintings. Warhol hung paintings on his vibrant cow wallpaper at his 1970 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art: an idea he would continue with in exhibitions such as his 1974 Paris exhibition of Chairman Mao portraits on Mao wallpaper.

Glossary Open

Retrospective

An exhibition surveying an artist's career.

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.

Retrospective, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00466
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 100.00 x 69.80 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