I shared the day with one of my best childhood pals, Sher Berk. We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to go see Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty years. It is opened until December 31st and is worth going! It is a comprehensive exhibit that gives a sweeping view of the artist and his impact on the art world, featuring other works by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Polly Apfelbaum, Chuck close among others. They were all influenced by Warhol's work and as you moved from room to room it felt like a conversation between Warhol's work and the artists he influenced.
I learned that Warhol started off as an artist painting backdrops in department stores for the latest women's fashions. The imagery was hand-painted but he soon turned to the photo-mechanical silkscreen, a medium that catapulted his importance to the art world.
Let me share:
The first painting that you see when you walk in the exhibit is Warhol himself:
|Andy Warhol Self Portait|
I was mostly drawn to Warhol's obsession with the banal and the iconic:
The over-scaled, larger than life imagery of icons....
| 1964 |
The over-scaled imagery of objects....
|Big Campbell Soup Can, Andy Warhol 1962|
and himself as a subject in various guises such as sunglasses,
shadows or camoflauge....
|Warhol Self Portrait|
Love the replication of an object or person, be it soup cans, coke bottles or celebs, as it overemphasizes the public's or Warhol's own obsession with it.
|Jackie O, Andy Warhol|
The replication of Jackie O before the tragic event over and over again casts this public obsession with the event.
And what about coke? Everyone drinks a coke across all cultures.
|Green Coca Cola Bottles, Andy Warhol 1962|
Artist Al WeiWei was influenced by Warhol's obsession with Coke...
|Ai Weiwei. Neolithic Vase with Coca-Cola Logo, 2010.|
|Silkscreen Flowers, Andy Warhol|
|Pink Crush by Polly Apfelbaum 1955|
~ LUNCH TIME! ~
After all the walking around it was time for some lunch and a treat...a root-beer float at the Lexington Candy shop. It was all the coke bottles in the window that caught my eye. How Warhol-esque!
Thanks Sher for an awesome day!!