signed and dated 83 on the overlap
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
10 by 8½ in. 25.4 by 21.6 cm.

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"The bright, highly colored and easily recognizable subjects are designed to stimulate a creative interaction with children.'' - Diego Cortez, in: Seth S. King, “Art: An Andy Warhol Show, For Children’s Eyes”, The New York Times, 25 August 1985, online

''Lots of international toys [were] included because a lot of them are the cutest of any I've seen'' - Andy Warhol

Parrot (Toy Painting) has its origin in Andy Warhol’s long-established friendship with the Zurich gallerist Bruno Bischofberger. Having previously commissioned Warhol’s Mao paintings a decade earlier, in 1982 Bischofberger again requested a series of paintings from Warhol – this time a series for children. Warhol’s response was the Toy Paintings: several silkscreened canvases depicting some of the artist’s beloved collection of tin toys. When they were initially shown in Bischofberger’s Zurich gallery in 1983, the Toy Paintings transformed the space into a kind of playroom: displayed on blue walls adorned with silver fish, the works were hung very close to the ground – perfectly in the line of sight of a toddler, but requiring any accompanying adults to sit or crouch to view them. As a gleeful saboteur of artistic dogma and etiquette, this was a decision that Warhol must have relished. Here, the simple visual language which established Warhol’s career as one of the most innovative artists of his generation stills resonates. When asked about this new notion of Pop, Warhol remarked "once you 'got' Pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought pop, you could never see America the same way again. The mystery was gone, but the amazement was just starting” (P. Hackett, Popism: the Warhol '60s, New York, 1980, pp. 39-40).

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