Discussion Questions: Andy Warhol’s National Velvet

Andy Warhol, National Velvet, 1963; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase: gift of Barbara and Gerson Bakar, Doris and Donald Fisher, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr., Mimi and Peter Haas, Byron R. Meyer, Helen and Charles Schwab, Danielle and Brooks Walker, Jr., and Judy C. Webb; Albert M. Bender Fund; Tishler Trust; Victor Bergeron Fund; Members' Accessions Fund; and gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  1. Look at the colors in this work of art, which one did you see first?
  2. Why do you think these colors were used?
  3. What objects or shapes in the work caught your eye?
  4. Why do you think you noticed this/these?
  5. How many times does the image of Elizabeth Taylor appear in this artwork?
  6. Are all of the images of Taylor exactly alike? How are they the same or different?
  7. If you could make a portrait of anyone in the world, who would it be? Why?

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