For their winter exhibition, “Andy Warhol,” we framed a gallery’s worth of Warhol’s screen prints for Wessel O’Connor Fine Art in Lambertville, NJ. While we had the works in our studio, we hoped that some of their mojo would rub off on us. Some info about these particular pieces:
In 1962, Warhol began working on a series of screen prints using images from print media that depicted death and disasters, including photographs of suicides, plane and car crashes, and tragedy-stricken celebrities. He used an electric chair in several groups of silk-screens, beginning in 1963 – the same year that New York’s Sing Sing State Penitentiary performed its last two executions by electric chair. We framed one of these amazing prints (pink and metallic silver).
Warhol’s Cow wallpaper was the first in a series of wallpaper designs he created from the 1960s to the 1980s. These wallpapers have never been commercially available; they have only been used in museum installation of Warhol’s work. According to Warhol, the inspiration for the cow theme stemmed from art dealer Ivan Karp, who told him to paint some “pastoral cows”. When Karp saw the end product, he apparently exploded with, “They’re super-pastoral! They’re ridiculous! They’re blazingly bright and vulgar!” We love them!