Andy Warhol’s 1985 signed screen print, Truck (F.&S.II.368) features a cargo truck rendered in red and green against a blue and yellow background. This bold contrast of primary and secondary colours draws the eye in to an everyday subject and elevates it to “high culture.” Printed on Lennox Museum Board, this particular image comes an edition of sixty, excluding fifteen hors-commerce impressions.
The larger series features four distinct compositions featuring the lorry. The German Federal Road Haulage Association (BFD) commissioned the series from Warhol in anticipation of the 20th World Congress of the International Road Transport Union held in Frankfurt am Main in 1986. Warhol co-published Trucks with Hermann Wünsche, a German art dealer who served as an early advocate for Warhol’s work in Germany. Warhol had a productive collaboration with the German art scene during his career, producing portraits of the famed German artist Joseph Beuys. However, Truck draws more from Warhol’s earlier fascination with elevating the everyday object as with his soup cans and brillo boxes.