Andy Warhol, ‘Cow 12 by Andy Warhol, Blue and Yellow’, 1971, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Cow 12 by Andy Warhol, Blue and Yellow’, 1971, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Cow 12 by Andy Warhol, Blue and Yellow’, 1971, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Cow 12 by Andy Warhol, Blue and Yellow’, 1971, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Cow 12 by Andy Warhol, Blue and Yellow’, 1971, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Cow 12 by Andy Warhol, Blue and Yellow’, 1971, Revolver Gallery

Title: Cow 12
Medium: Screenprint on wallpaper
Year: 1971
Size: 45 1/2″ x 29 3/4″
Details: Edition unlimited. Stamped; In blue ink, "Authorized by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts" and "The Estate of Andy Warhol"; with Andy Warhol Foundation inventory number written in pencil (all verso).

Andy Warhol was inspired to by art dealer Ivan Karp to create his Cows in the 1960s. Karp suggested to Warhol, “Why don’t you paint some cows, they’re so wonderfully pastoral and such a durable image in the history of the arts.” Warhol’s printer Gerard Malanga chose the photograph of the cow, however it was Warhol’s unique pop art style that made the final product so interesting. He chose a vibrant color scheme of yellow on blue, making the pastoral animal into an electrifying image. Warhol then printed the exhilarating Cow image on wallpaper, which he first introduced to his creative production in 1966 with his first Cow. This particular Cow was created for an exhibition in 1971 at Whitney Musem of American Art. Warhol created 4 different variations of Cow, with this blue and yellow Cow 12 being his third.

Signature: Stamped; In blue ink, "Authorized by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts" and "The Estate of Andy Warhol"; with Andy Warhol Foundation inventory number written in pencil (all verso).

Publisher: Factory Additions, New York

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York