Andy Warhol fans are in for an absolute treat at this wonderful free exhibition in central London, which showcases a large selection of his work.
The ‘Warhol Unseen’ exhibition presents a rare collection of silkscreen graphics by Andy Warhol, spanning three decades of the artist’s career.
The gallery says:
Warhol blurred the boundaries between commerce, advertising and art without apology, his ‘factory’ working process and appropriation of American consumer culture redirecting the course of contemporary art forever.
Central to Warhol’s artistic revolution were the screenprint portfolios, which gave opportunity for countless more collectors to acquire – and display – his art, quickly fulfilling his mantra that ‘repetition adds to reputation’.
Recognising how the reproduced image had come to reflect and shape contemporary life, Warhol identified the coming of an age where fine art and consumer culture would be inextricably linked.
Warhol’s outlook is strikingly contemporary. As social media platforms continue to propagate the artist ‘brand’, Warhol’s own manner of self-promotion, his use of ‘snapshot’ photography and his portrayal of transient celebrity is intriguingly prophetic, while the ten, electrifying, portraits of Endangered Species chime poignantly with the most pressing global conversations of today.
Andy Warhol: ‘If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.’
There’s no end date listed for the exhibition, so please check with the venue before setting out – otherwise you can view the work in the online gallery.
Great to see two pieces by Keith Haring at the exhibition.
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