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Andy Warhol: Rats And Star - Signed Print

Rats And Star
Signed Print

Andy Warhol


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Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print
H 81cm x W 101cm

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Critical Review

The print was commissioned by the band to use as an album cover and was made by Warhol while the band was in the midst of a legal scandal over the use of their band name. The French fashion brand, Chanel, put pressure on the band to change their name and the band eventually decided to call themselves ‘Rats and Star’, playing on the fact that Rats is a palindrome for Star. The band name also referenced the rags to riches story of the band members as ‘rats’ was a term used to describe the poor living conditions of the less affluent areas of Tokyo that the band started out living in.

Rats And Star reflects Warhol’s love of popular culture and fascination with stardom and the cult of celebrity. Warhol could identify with the band’s journey to stardom as the artist himself was the son of working-class immigrants and moved to New York with little money.

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