Andy Warhol Death Marked With Colossal Exhibition




The largest ever exhibition of iconic works by Andy Warhol has opened in Singapore

Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Warhol’s home town of Pittsburgh, the new show takes place at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands to mark the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death.

 

‘Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal’ features over 260 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, and video, including the masterpieces ‘Jackie’ (1964), ‘Marilyn Monroe’ (1967), ‘Campbell’s Soup’ (1961), ‘Silver Liz’ (1963), ‘Time Capsule 51’ (1970’s), ‘The Last Supper’ (1986), and numerous iconic Self-Portraits.

 

The exhibition is organised chronologically:


‘Early Years – 1940s to 1950s’ showcases Warhol’s drawings as a child, his first artworks as a commercial artist and the blotted line technique he created

‘The Factory Years – 1960s’ examines the period in which he created the iconic masterpieces of the Campbell’s Soup Can and portraits of celebrities such as Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Films by Warhol are also presented to reveal the diversity of his practice. A separate space is dedicated to recreating the Silver Factory, Warhol’s studio in the 1960’s in New York which was entirely covered with foil. The gallery will furthermore have an interactive quality, with costumes for visitors to dress up and be ‘a star for 15 minutes;, a photo booth to capture the experience, a reproduction of the couch from the Silver Factory from which visitors can enjoy his avant-garde films.

‘Exposures – 1970s’ celebrates Warhol’s use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities. During this time, Andy Warhol focused on commissioned portraits to fund his interest in experimental film. This shift in focus is evident in the genre of art works on display such as advertisements and silverprint photographs, which reflect Warhol’s fascination with fame and glamour. It is also during this time that he started creating time capsules which contained meaningful items collected from the various periods of his life. Out of the over 600 time capsules Warhol created throughout his lifetime, visitors are able to view one that contains over 50 magazines and books.

‘The Last Supper – 1980s’ investigates the period after reaching the very pinnacle of success in the art world, when Warhol ventured into television media with Andy Warhol’s T.V. and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes. His last decade of creation includes such works as the Endangered Species series, Rorschach series and Oxidation Paintings. The exhibition concludes with The Last Supper and Self Portrait, two iconic masterpieces he created at the very end of his life that are monumental in both scale and the impact they had in the art industry.

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