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Warhol at Weatherspoon, currently on view

Andy Warhol’s exploration of the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and popular culture made him one of the most influential 20th century artists. In many ways, his vision of culture and art anticipated modern trends with instagram, snapchat and cell phone cameras. The Weatherspoon Art Museum will present three bodies of work in their star-studded exhibition on Warhol’s unique vision.

Warhol’s color Polaroids of celebrities and society figures were well known for their meticulous creation process. After interviewing his subject, he would photograph the person in front of a white background in various poses. After shooting, Warhol would solicit input from both the subject and anyone else on hand in selecting the best image to use as the basis for a larger work.

In direct contrast, Warhol’s black-and-white, 8 x 10-inch photographs were spontaneously created with a number of point-and-shoot cameras. Instead of being used in a larger artistic piece, Warhol viewed these photographs as a form of documentary, referring to them as a “visual diary”. These images allow an entry into Warhol’s daily life, separate from the meticulous and deliberate process of his larger works.

Finally, WAM will exhibit four of Warhol’s screenprints showcasing his broad approach to subject matter. These pieces display one of Warhol’s signature visual elements: using bright, aggressive coloring to recontextualize and add depth to banal images.

The exhibit runs through February 3, 2019, in the Weatherspoon’s Gallery 6.

Visual: Andy Warhol, “Neuschwanstein”, 1987. Screenprint on Arches 88 paper. Weatherspoon Art Museum; Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2013.