In 1962, Andy Warhol abandoned his commercial illustration work and made Telephone, a straightforward black-and-white painting of an antiquated telephone. One of many hand-painted representations of quotidian objects the artist made during the early 1960s, it evolved out of his interest in elevating commercial imagery to fine-art status, and that positioned him at the forefront of the Pop art movement.
Andy Warhol (b. 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; d. 1987, New York)
Casein and pencil on linen
72 x 54 x 2 1/2 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor