Cow

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Title

Cow

Creator

Andy Warhol
American, 1928 - 1987

Date

1966

Format

silkscreen on wallpaper

Type

print

Description

Cow is a motif elaborated for a wallpaper that Warhol used for the first time at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1966. The show included two rooms. The first was filled with "silver clouds" which were in fact helium balloons, and the second was one entirely covered with cow wallpaper.

That subject was recommended to Warhol by Ivan Karp, who collected paintings of cows. Warhol's assistant, Gerard Melanga, found the picture of the Jersey cow in an agricultural magazine, which served as the model for "Cow." Treated with abrasive colors, the wallpaper can be seen as the artist's attempt to explore unconventional formats. Although Warhol was still publicly proclaiming his retirement from painting, he continued to silkscreen print many of his canvases. Warhol produced another version of the wallpaper in 1971 using a deep blue instead of the acid yellow as a background.

Source

Gift of the Meisel Gallery, New York

Original Format

silkscreen on wallpaper

Collection

Citation

Andy Warhol American, 1928 - 1987, “Cow,” Ewing Gallery Permanent Collection, accessed April 12, 2021, https://ewinggallery.omeka.net/items/show/1.

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