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Grids by Andy Warhol


Three Coke Bottles , 1962

Green Coca Cola Bottles, 1962

210 Coca Cola Bottles, 1962



25 Colored Marilyns, 1962

Marilyn Diptych, 1962


Double Elvis

Double Elvis, 1963

Double Elvis, 1963

Triple Elvis, 1962

Triple Elvis, 1963

Triple Elvis, 1964

Single Elvis, 1963

Triple Elvis, 1962



Troy, 1962

Natalie, 1962

Silver Liz as Cleopatra, 1963

Ten Lizes, 1963

Three Mona Lisas, 1963

Double Mona Lisa, 1963


Four Mona Lisas, 1963

Thirty Are Better Than One, 1963

Gold Monas


Four White and Four Gold Mona Lisas, 1980

Twelve White Mona Lisas, 1980

Bellevue II, 1963

Green Car Crash, 1963

Birmingham Race Riot, 1964




Jackie The Week That Was, 1963

16 Jackies, 1964

16 Jackies, 1964

Nine Jackies, 1964

Nine Jackies, 1964

Twenty Jackies, 1964

Double Jackie, 1964

Jackie II, 1965

Jackie Frieze



Double Mickey Mouse, 1981

Mickey Mouse




Dollar Signs, 1982

Dollar Quadrant, 1982

Dollar Quadrant, 1982

The Last Supper, 1986


The Last Supper, 1986




Judd and Foucault about Andy Warhol's Grid Paintings


It seems that the salient metaphysical question lately is: "Why does Andy Warhol paint Campbell Soup cans?" The only available answer is "Why not?" (...) Actually it is not very interesting to think about the reasons, since it is easy to imagine Warhol's paintings without such subject matter, simply as "overall" paintings of repated elements. The novelty and the absurdity of the repeated images of Marilyn Monroe, Troy Donahue, and Coca-Cola bottles is not great. Although Warhol thought of using these subjects, he certainly did not think of the format. (...) The gist of this is that Warhol's work is able but general. It certainly has possibilities, but it is so far not exceptional.

Donald Judd: "Andy Warhol," Arts Magazine 37 (January 1963), p. 49.


. . . in concentrating on this boundless monotony, we find the sudden illumination of multiplicity itself – with nothing at its center, at its highest point, or beyond it – a flickering of light that travels even faster than the eyes and successively lights up the moving labels and the captive snapshots that refer to each other to eternity, without ever saying anything:   suddenly, arising from the old inertia of equivalence, the striped form of the event tears through the darkness, and the eternal phantasm informs that soup can, that singular and depthless face.

Michel Foucault: "Theatrum Philosophicum", Language Counter-Memory Practice ,
trans. Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon (Ithaca, 1977), p. 189.

A day will come when, by means of similitude relayed along the length of a series, the image itself, along with the name it bears, will lose its identity. Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Campbell.

Michel Foucault: This is Not a Pipe, trans. James Harkness (Los Angeles, 1983), p. 54.



Donald Judd's review is entirely reprinted in: Alan R. Pratt (ed.): The Critical Response to Andy Warhol. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997, pp. 2-3.

The Foucault quotes are from Gary Shapiro: "Art and its Doubles: Danto, Foucault, and their Simulacra" In: Mark Rollins (ed.): Danto and his critics   (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993), pp. 134-135 and p. 129.



RS, 2006