Title: Purple Cows (FS II.17A)
Medium: Rubber stamp print on Rives paper
Size: 9 ½” x 6 ½ “
Edition: : 225 signed as follows: approximately 203 signed with a rubber stamp, 20 signed with a rubber stamp and signed in pencil lower right, 2 signed in pencil lower right. Published in the bound portfolio Stamped Indelibly, containing fifteen works by fourteen artists, which is numbered on the colophon page
Purple Cows 17A
Purple Cows 17A is a small piece by Warhol that features twenty stamped purple cows that is smaller than a piece of printer paper. Underneath the purple cows, the name Andy Warhol is also stamped. This was the only time Warhol used a rubber stamp in print medium. This piece was part of a group bound portfolio entitled Stamped Indelibly. The other artists that were featured in the Stamped Indelibly portfolio were: Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Allen Jones, Kenneth Koch, Josef Levi, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerard Malanga, Marisol (Marisol Escobar), Claes Oldenburg, Peter Saul, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and John Willenbecher.
Purple Cows 17A AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
Warhol did not use rubber stamps in his printed works, except for Purple Cows, because he saw it as being too homemade. The year before, Warhol had released a Cow print that he later expanded to a full series. This was the first screenprints that he produced on wallpaper. He used cows, like his Rorschach inkblots in order to comment on art and what art could be.