Andy Warhol. Cagney. 1962

Andy Warhol

Cagney

1962

Medium
Screenprint
Dimensions
30 x 40" (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of UBS
Object number
127.2002
Copyright
© 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Andy Warhol has 241 works  online.
There are 21,456 prints online.

Warhol based this work on a film still from the 1938 gangster movie Angels with Dirty Faces, starring James Cagney. He cropped the still at the bottom and left, heightening the dramatic and menacing nature of the scene. Cagney is one of Warhol's first screenprints on paper. The white streaks through the composition are the result of printing irregularities that left blank, uninked areas on the paper. During this early moment in his career, Warhol embraced the imperfect, handmade, and almost painterly quality of such accidents.

Gallery label from Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967, April 25–October 18, 2015

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