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Cow (Blue)

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Framed: 135.5 x 96.5 cm
Printed image size
Image: 115 × 72 cm

Andy Warhol
Cow (Blue), 1971
Screenprint in colours on wallpaper
Image: 115 × 72 cm
Framed: 135.5 x 96.5 cm

According to the artist, the initial inspiration for the Cow series came from art dealer Ivan Karp. "Why don't you paint some cows, they're so wonderfully pastoral and such a durable image in the history of the arts" he is reported to have said. The original photograph of the cow was chosen by Warhol's printer Gerard Malanga. The first rolls of wallpaper were printed in vivid pink on a bright yellow background and were such a hit that they were displayed in their own room at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1966. A playful twist on his familiar themes of fame and glamour, they are a perfect illustration of Warhol's belief in transcendence through repetition.

Between 1966 and 1976 Warhol created four versions of the Cow Wallpaper. This print comes from a roll made for the second variation, created for a major exhibition at New York's Whitney Museum in 1971.

To historian and critic Barbara Rose, these wallpaper designs served as a commentary on the nature of art collecting and the character of the institutions where art is displayed. In a review of Warhol's 1971 retrospective show at the Whitney, she wrote that cows are a common subject of genre paintings that people display in their homes, and that the wallpaper made the Whitney look like "a boutique". She continued: "Of course the museum has been a boutique for a long time, and people have been treating paintings like wallpaper even longer. But Andy spells it out with his usual cruel clarity."

This work is from the unlimited edition printed by Bill Miller's Wallpaper Studio Inc. in New York and published by Factory Additions, New York for the Warhol exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1 May - 13 June 1971.

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