Andy Warhol - Where is your Rupture? [1], 1961, water-based paint on cotton

Where is your Rupture? [1]

Accession Date:
12/08/04
Accession Number:
F-WARH-1P04.19
1961
water-based paint on cotton
69 1/2 x 54 in. (176.53 x 137.16 cm)

About This Artwork

Andy Warhol’s Where is your Rupture [1] is at once detached and personal. Mimicking mechanically reproduced print media, Warhol used a projector to enlarge and trace the image. His reproduction, however, contains blatant evidence of the artist’s hand (unlike later works that demonstrate a complete removal of it). Here, brushstrokes of white paint are applied over lettering of the artwork’s title, with the word “Your” cut off, reading “Yo.” Warhol is experimenting with what looks to be automated but is not: the assumed printing error and the hand-painted covering of text. Above the text is a torso from abdomen to mid-thigh, with numbered arrows pointing to hernia locations. Like the erased title, the figure appears removed, a sterile and sexless outline that sanitizes the trauma exacted on the body in a quest for an unattainable, idealized form. In the work, both the painted body and “your” body are broken, incomplete.