Andy Warhol’s Rorschach (1984)


Andy Warhol, Rorschach, 1984. Acrylic on canvas, 13 ft. 11 in. × 9 ft. 7 in. (4.24 × 2.92 m). The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkAndy Warhol, Rorschach, 1984. Acrylic on canvas, 13 ft. 11 in. × 9 ft. 7 in. (4.24 × 2.92 m). The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, Rorschach, 1984. Acrylic on canvas, 13 ft. 11 in. × 9 ft. 7 in. (4.24 × 2.92 m). The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Written by ELLA

Andy Warhol’s 1984 series of Rorschach paintings are the result of a misunderstanding. Warhol thought that patients created rorschach tests for doctors to decipher, so he decided to create his own. The canvases themselves are so much more grandiose than one might imagine. Standing 13ft high, the paintings illicit an immediate sense of respect as you become enveloped in trying to figure out what it all means.

As it was featured on the cover of Jay-Z’s Decoded, the gold-print rorschach is obviously my favorite. While I’m used to seeing the black & white versions, the gilded gold truly stands out; it seems it shouldn’t be used for psychiatric purposes! The opulence is certainly warranted by Jay-Z as he claimed himself to be a “Warhol already”. I also found out the the black versions are made with a method that includes urinating on the canvas…. wouldn’t want that in my house. lol

Do you have a favorite Warhol?

Check out Warhol’s work will be on exhibit at the Whitney Museum until March 31st, 2019.

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