title: Andy Warhol – Für die Grünen
artist: Andy Warhol American (1928 – 1987)
object type: Work on paper
materials: Screenprint on paper
date created: 1978
measurements: 100.90 x 76.90 cm
This poster promoting the German Green Party was designed by Warhol in 1978 at the suggestion of the German artist, Joseph Beuys. Beuys had always been interested in politics. In the 1970s he was an important figure in the first Green party which strongly opposed the use of nuclear power. Warhol has created a simple design with a green and white colour scheme. He knew the importance of clever advertising. Warhol began his career in the commercial art industry in the 1950s and was therefore fully aware what a ‘name’ could bring to a campaign. In signing ‘Andy Warhol’ across the poster alongside a repeated linear self-portrait, Warhol instantly attaches his celebrity to Beuys’s cause.