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Tongue in Ear
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Tongue in Ear 1980

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Warhol’s voyeuristic interest in the male body is visible throughout his oeuvre, from films such as ‘Sleep’ of 1963 through to his stitched torso photographs of 1986. This fascination is first evident in his early line drawings of young men from the mid to late 1950s, of which many were included in his ‘Drawings for a Boy Book’ exhibition at the Bodley Gallery in New York in 1956. This drawing displays many characteristics of his earlier works from the fifties, such as stylised, abstracted shapes. However, it was most likely traced from a projected photograph rather than drawn from life. By the 1980s homosexuality was becoming accepted in more parts of America and this work flaunts a more overt eroticism than that which was evident in the earlier drawings.


  • Acc. No. AR00595
  • Medium Graphite on paper
  • Size 80.00 x 60.00 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