Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Presenting the various facets of a legendary artist’s milestone works

For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol exerted an enormous impact on contemporary art, but not many shows have actually explored the full nature or extent of that influence.

A new significant exhibition explores the multifaceted impact of Andy Warhol by displaying his work alongside examples by sixty artists across three generations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, ‘Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years’ juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol's paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work.

What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations through five distinct sections namely ‘Daily News: From Banality to Disaster’, ‘Portraiture: Celebrity and Power’, ‘Queer Studies: Shifting Identities’, ‘Consuming Images: Appropriation, Abstraction, and Seriality’, and ‘No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle’.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is considered as a defining figure not only of the famous Pop Art movement of the 1960s but of a whole new entire cultural era. He worked across a vast range of media like painting, print-making, drawing, photography, sculpture, film, TV, publishing and performances.

For record, Jose Mugrabi, a powerful Israeli collector, owns probably the world's biggest collection of Andy Warhol’s paintings almost 800 of them. No other art buyer has capitalized on the iconic artist’s appeal than Mr. Mugrabi. Dealers and auction houses can rarely sell or buy a Warhol work sans his knowledge and intervention in form of active bidding.

His paintings and prints of movie stars, soup cans, the US Presidents and other American icons made him one of the most celebrated artists globally. Throwing light on his aura, critic Robert Hughes had once written: '''Painting a soup can is not a radical act in itself. What was actually radical in Andy Warhol was that he adapted the very means of production of soup cans to the way he produced paintings, turning them out en masse - consumer art mimicking the process and also the look of consumer culture.''

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