Pistol, 1981


Unique polaroid print

3.50 x 4.25 in

8.9 x 10.8 cm

Embossed signature / copyright. Estate of Andy Warhol stamp verso.

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3.50 x 4.25 in

8.9 x 10.8 cm


    About The Work

    Beginning with his "Death and Disasters" series in the early 1960s, Warhol had a long-stemming, existential fascination with violence. Through this and subsequent series (notably "Knives and Guns" in the 1980s), the artist documents crisis while highlighting the (American) media's obsession with the spectacle of crime, death, and punishment.

    "Pistol" stems from the "Knives and Guns" era, most likely as a reference or study. Presented with authority, the image features the profile of a New England holster pistol, a model that dates back to 1815. While Warhol was most often obsessed with the culture of his day, he was simultaneously a student and collector of the past. In 1986, for example, he released the "Cowboys and Indians" portfolio which featured historical figures from the 19th century. 

    This work is an important example that interweaves Warhol's core themes of culture, commodification, and perhaps on a subconscious level, personal anxieties.

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