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

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The Beatles 1980
  • Artist Rooms
In 1980, a book called ‘The Beatles’ was published about the British pop group. Warhol designed the front cover which is based on a photograph by the celebrity photographer Dezo Hoffmann. Warhol has incorporated blocks of irregularly shaped colour, which, although screenprinted, appear like collaged fragments of coloured paper. The hand-drawn lines have also been printed. The vibrant, contrasting colours are characteristic of Warhol's work and evoke similarities with psychedelic album covers that The Beatles produced in the 1960s. Warhol is, however, more associated with The Rolling Stones than The Beatles, preferring their ‘bad-boy’ image to The Beatles' ‘squeaky clean’ look.

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Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

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.

Collage, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00409
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 31.30 x 91.50 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