When Andy first did this painting most of the painters making abstract paintings just thought it a joke. But in the 90s this abstraction was influencing another side of Mannerist Abstraction. The imagery is simple. The process is direct and “mechanical.” The finished abstraction is singular and strong. And as it turns out – this series of “abstract” paintings may very well be Warhol’s most “original” paintings of his career.
“Warhol invented his own, achieved by painting one side of a canvas and then folding it vertically to imprint the other half. Ironically, Warhol originally misinterpreted the clinical process, believing that patients created the inkblots and doctors interpreted them: “I thought that when you went to places like hospitals, they tell you to draw and make the Rorschach Tests. I wish I’d known there was a set.” Because of this misunderstanding, Warhol’s Rorschach series is one of the few in which the artist does not rely on preexisting images.” MOMA description of Warhol’s Rorschachs.
Greenbergism and Reproduction began to look and feel almost exactly like the very same thing. And a light bulb went off in the heads of a lot of conceptual painters.