Andy Warhol Animal Print - Cow, Blue and Yellow (FS II.12)
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Andy Warhol
Cow, Blue and Yellow (FS II.12)

1976

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Title: Cow (FS II.12) Medium: Screenprint on Wallpaper. Year: 1976 Size: 45 1/2″ x 29 3/4″ Details: Unlimited edition with approximately 100 signed in felt pen in 1979. Stamped; In blue ink, "Authorized by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts" and "The Estate of Andy Warhol"; with Andy Warhol Foundation inventory number written in pencil (all verso) COW (FS II.12) The Cow series was printed after Andy Warhol’s exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, which inspired the creation of the wallpaper. This screenprint, Cow (FS II.12), is detailed with a yellow foreground against an electric blue background. COW (FS II.12) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK The series consists of four screenprints of a realistic photographic image of a large cow head printed on wallpaper produced from 1966 to 1976. The inspiration for the Cow series stemmed from Ivan Karp, an instrumental art dealer in the 1960s. Karp once told Warhol “Why don’t you paint some cows? They’re so wonderfully pastoral and such a durable image in the history of the arts.” (POPism: The Warhol Sixties, p. 22) Warhol’s Cow wallpaper was his formal effort to introduce the production of wallpaper into his creative repertoire. The wallpaper was first printed in 1966 to paper the gallery walls for Warhol’s exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery. The wallpaper was used twice more to line the walls of Warhol’s show.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 45.5 in. x W 29.75 in.H 115.57 cm x W 75.57 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU263528852
  • Seller Reference Number
    II 12
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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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