One of Andy Warhol‘s cinematic homages, is this representation of James Cagney, the ultimate Hollywood public enemy badass.
Cagney in The UBS Art Collection was printed in 1962 and is based on a still from the film The Public Enemy (1931). Cagney is shown with his back against a wall, moments before his violent death. Later on, Warhol’s Factory produced a large number of silkscreen works, including subtle variations of the same images. thus revealing both the public fascination with celebrity and anti-hero, and the dark appeal of crime in American culture.
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James Cagney, 1964.
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas.
Signed and dated ‘Andy Warhol ‘64” en verso
Unique silkscreen on paper
30 x 40 inches
For another dose of Warhol, check out his poster for Fassbinder’s Querelle here: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/andy-warhols-querelle/