Andy Warhol and Silk Screen Printing #tbt

Andy Warhol famously told Art News interviewer Gene Swenson, “The reason I’m painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do.” Warhol was referring to his newfound process of silk-screen printing images repeatedly onto a single canvas. This act of undermining any translation or evidence of the artist’s hand in favor of a mass-produced, machine-like look appealed to Warhol. Once he discovered the process and implications of working with silk screens, the content of Warhol’s output as a painter became inextricably linked to the process by which he created his art.

Warhol’s grid-like paintings of dollar bills from 1962 are his earliest attempts at silk-screen printing, when the artist was still getting to know the process. At that time he used his own drawings as the basis to create the silk-screened print. He reportedly was not entirely happy with the result, calling 129 Die in Jet!, another painting based on a drawing, “smeary.” But Warhol soon learned that it was possible to use photographs as the basis for a silk-screen print, and the resulting image proved much sharper – though not too sharp – and thus to Warhol’s liking.Warhol’s Liz #1 Early Colored Liz, which will be featured in Sotheby’s upcoming Evening sale of Contemporary Art on November 13, illustrates well Warhol’s process as a painter.

Materially, the artwork consists of acrylic paint and silk-screen ink on canvas. We see a flat yellow background surrounding a spotty yet recognizable image of Elizabeth Taylor, the actress and celebrity, who, like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, repeatedly served as Warhol’s subject.Andy Warhol’s Liz #1 Early Colored Liz will be offered at the Contemporary Art Evening sale on 13 November.Here Warhol appropriated a 1950s publicity photo of Taylor as the source material for the silk screen. Warhol worked with professionals to have the photos he chose transferred onto the mesh of a silk screen. When Warhol passed an ink-laden squeegee over the mesh as the silk screen sat atop his canvas, ink would pass through the mesh and impress a print of his image onto the canvas. Areas of the mesh where a layer of glue has been applied – in Warhol’s case, the “negative” space of the photos he selected – keep paint from passing through to the canvas.

Observing the grainier areas of Liz’s hair, it’s clear that Warhol first applied the yellow paint before adding the layer of black ink that comprises her face. Her intense red lips and eye shadow were also applied during separate passes of the squeegee. To Warhol the noticeable “imperfections” – such as the faint areas of Liz’s hair and the way the lipstick bleeds onto her chin – weren’t signs of a poorly pulled silk screen-image but rather welcome indications of how chance influenced his work. As Warhol’s biographers Tony Scherman and David Dalton point out, Warhol “was not after a picture-perfect, sharp-edged result; he wanted the trashy immediacy of a tabloid news photo.”By his use of the silk-screen process mixed with high-key acrylic paint, Warhol imbued Liz #1 Early Colored Liz with a kind of tragic radiance. And by re-using the silk screen of the ’50s publicity photo for other portraits of the film star and tabloid fixation, Warhol investigated through multiplicity the commodification of fame.


Still today Andy Warhol makes the news

QC Godwin-Ternbach Museum Receives Warhol Silkscreens | | Queens Gazette: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has given the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College seven color silkscreen prints by the celebrated pop artist.

via Andy Warhol and His Process | Sotheby’s.

My day in the life of Andy Warhol

From Radio 4

They say don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. They don’t say anything about his trousers. But if you really want to get under someone’s skin — in my case, it’s the artist Andy Warhol — you could do worse than begin with his second skin, his clothes. Particularly his leather trousers……….more

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol #tbt

8 Ways Andy Warhol Can Inspire You To Live An Amazing Life

Andy Warhol was born Aug. 6, 1928, meaning he would have been 86 years old were he alive today. Sadly, he died in 1987, at the age of 58, but Warhol had an incredible life that many still seek to emulate. Perhaps known vaguely by some as the artist who created that colorful Marilyn Monroe portrait or the guy who was really into Campbell’s soup, a deeper dive into his particular brand is truly worth it.

via 8 Ways Andy Warhol Can Inspire You To Live An Amazing Life.

‘Andy Warhol: Shadows’ makes West Coast premiere at MOCA |

Each panel is the same photograph, reproduced in both positive and negative. It is silk-screened, then painted over. The photo itself? Warhol took a picture of his office lamp. What the artist saw in that lamp could change our opinion of him.

via ‘Andy Warhol: Shadows’ makes West Coast premiere at MOCA |

Warhol: resources and lessons

Andy Warhol’s life and art offer great opportunities to learn about society and culture and provides rich examples of interdisciplinary thinking and art practices. A key component of the Museum’s education programs are the online curriculum resources available on this website. This interdisciplinary K –12 resource uses the art, life and practice of Andy Warhol as a template to teach across the humanities. Each lesson was developed in collaboration with school partners and many feature examples of student work. All content is aligned with 21st century learning standards, state and national arts and humanities standards, as well as those of other core academic areas.

via warhol: resources and lessons.

BBC News – Andy Warhol: Hundreds of unseen films to be made public

Our favourite screen printer is in the news again.

Organisers hope the project will put the pop artist’s film work on par with his painting and sculpture.”I think the art world in particular, and hopefully the culture as a whole, will come to feel the way we do,” said Patrick Moore, the Warhol Museum’s deputy director and a curator of the digitisation project.

via BBC News – Andy Warhol: Hundreds of unseen films to be made public.