Committee is a signed screen print made by Andy Warhol, the Father of the Pop Art movement, in 1982. Coming in an edition size of 2000, the print shows three champagne glasses covered in confetti. The scene depicted in the print looks like the remnants of a glamorous party, much like the ones Warhol would host in his New York studio, The Factory. Committee was a commission piece that The Committee 2000 asked Warhol to create. They wanted the piece to be used for a fundraiser to raise money for their future projects.
This print is an example of Warhol’s creative take on the traditional still life genre. The subject of the print as well as the arrangement of the glasses resonates with a still life painting, however the way Warhol uses colour in the print sets this piece apart from other still life works. Warhol renders the champagne glasses in bright yellow, blue and turquoise. The artist’s use of gestural lines, a characteristic element of his visual language, brings a sense of dynamism to the print. The red, pink and yellow lines which delineate the glasses imply motion and capture the lively atmosphere of the party.
Warhol’s emphasis on geometric shapes and repetitive demarcations seen in this print are trademark features of the artist’s style.The blocks of colour used in Committee deviate from the conventions of the still life genre which strives to recreate a scene in as realistic a way as possible.