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Andy Warhol, “Shadows”

  • Art, Contemporary art
Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978–79, detail
Photograph: Photograph: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Time Out says

Created between 1978 and 1979, Shadows is one of Andy’s most abstract and enigmatic pieces, consisting of variously colored silk screened canvases hung edge-to-edge in a site-specific installation. Some 102 paintings were produced in all, though the total number of panels varies from one location to the next, depending on the dimensions of a given space. Each silk screen is limited to a palette of two contrasting colors, while the picture itself—which flips between positive and negative—comes from the same photo of the eponymous subject taken at Warhol’s Factory studio. Taken together, Shadows resembles a film strip capturing an indeterminate play of light.


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