Andy Warhol, ‘Purple Cows (FS II.17A)’, 1967, Revolver Gallery

Purple Cows 17A is a small piece by Warhol that features twenty stamped purple cows that is smaller than a piece of printer paper. Underneath the purple cows, the name Andy Warhol is also stamped. This was the only time Warhol used a rubber stamp in print medium. This piece was part of a group bound portfolio entitled Stamped Indelibly. The other artists that were featured in the Stamped Indelibly portfolio were: Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Allen Jones, Kenneth Koch, Josef Levi, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerard Malanga, Marisol (Marisol Escobar), Claes Oldenburg, Peter Saul, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and John Willenbecher.

Signature: Pencil

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