This image is the first in Andy Warhol’s Cow 11
series, with this yellow and pink colourway created for and exhibited at Leo Castelli’s gallery in New York in 1966. Warhol even screenprinted the image onto wallpaper, and had the walls of the exhibition’s opening room covered from floor to ceiling in his yellow and pink cow. The photograph used to create the image was found in a book on animal husbandry, detailing a good example of a Jersey cow.
Cow (yellow & pink)
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL Cow. 1966 (yellow & pink) Screenprint on wallpaper, 45 ½ x 29 ¾ 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.