America Is Hard to See
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I bet you've seen one of these before—and drank one too. Who hasn't? That familiarity was part of Andy Warhol's thinking when he made Green Coca-Cola Bottles.
“The President drinks coke,” said Warhol, “and you can drink Coca-Cola, too. . .A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke.”
The Coke seems to make a promise. Each of us has access to everything our neighbor has—we just go to the store! But, can everyone, really? And is that actually so great? Do you really want the EXACT same thing as everyone around you?
Warhol created this piece by silkscreening ink onto canvas, the same method used to mass-produce products like T-shirts. But, while each of the Cokes in Warhol’s silkscreen looks nearly identical, there are subtle variations. Some bottles are askew, some are darker green. What other variations can you spot? Do these variations make this look more machine-made, or handmade?
Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Green Coca Cola Bottles, (1962). Acrylic, screenprint, and graphite pencil on canvas, 82 3/4 × 57 1/8 in. (210.2 × 145.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art 68.25 © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- 543 Fred Wilson, Guarded View, 1991
- 000 Introduction to America Is Hard to See
- 553 Josh Kline, Cost of Living (Aleyda), 2014
- 554 Cory Arcangel, Super Mario Clouds, 2002
- 566 Mark Bradford, Bread and Circuses, 2005
- 522 Charles Ray, Boy, 1992
- 804 Max Weber, Chinese Restaurant, 1915
- 731 Walker Evans, Tengle Children, Hale County AL, 1936
- 712 Charles White, Preacher, 1952
- 744 Kids audio guide stop Lee Krasner, The Seasons, 1957
- 626 Andy Warhol, Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962
- 615 Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Archaeological Find, Number 9, 1964
- 624 Robert Bechtle, ’61 Pontiac, 1968
- 628 Malcolm Bailey, Untitled 1969, 1969
- 640 Eva Hesse, No Title, 1970
- 630 George Segal, Walk, Don’t Walk, 1976
- 527 Nam June Paik, V-yramid, 1982
- 648 Scott Burton, Pair of Two-Part Chairs, Obtuse Angle, 1984
- 505 Elizabeth Murray, Children Meeting, 1978
- 526 Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Don’t Need Another Hero), 1987