Velvet Underground Banana 10

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Title: Banana CA. (FS II.10)
Medium: Screenprint on Styrene.
Year: 1966
Size: 24″ x 53 1/4″
Edition: Approximately 300; some have stamped signature on recto; some signed on verso; some stamped AP on recto; some dated. Printer is unknown. Published by Andy Warhol in New York.

Banana CA. 10

Andy Warhol first created the banana design as an album cover for The Velvet Underground & Nico, where he devised a silkscreen image of a banana with a stick on peel that could be removed to expose the bare fruit. For this later piece, Warhol used the same single yellow banana image and screenprinted it on piece of plastic that could also be pulled off, this time to reveal a red colored fruit below.

Banana CA. 10 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Warhol also expanded into the realm of performance art with a traveling multimedia show called The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which featured a rock band called The Velvet Underground. In 1965, he became the band’s manager and led them to sign a contract with Verve Records. He designed the album cover for their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, which features the same imagery detailed in this print.

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