Andy Warhol’s banana graphic, produced in 1966 for the Velvet Underground & Nico debut album in 1967, is one of Warhol’s most instantly recognisable pieces. The first editions of the album had the banana peel as a sticker, under which was a peeled, flesh coloured banana. Warhol also made screenprints of Banana
on styrene and laminated plastic, so that the peel could be placed anywhere alongside the banana.
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL Banana, 1966 Offset lithograph and watercolor on paper, 17 5/8 x 11 1/4 inches©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.