America Is Hard to See

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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 © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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?

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