Andy Warhol

A pivotal figure in postwar contemporary American art and one of the most prolific and publicly recognized artists of his time, Warhol shattered previously held ideas regarding the relationships between art and commerce, authorship, celebrity, and gender.

Born in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1949 and became successful as a commercial artist. By the early 1960s, Warhol began painting what would become some of the iconic images of our age; his work was characterized by the repetition of banal subjects such as Campbell’s soup cans, appropriated from newspapers and advertisements. At this time he started using a silkscreen process that he substituted for painting by hand. Warhol had a lifelong fascination with Hollywood, and in 1962 he began a large series of celebrity portraits, including Marilyn, Elvis, and Liz. He also created a Death and Disaster series of paintings:  —images of electric chairs, suicides, and car crashes. Photography—his own, as well as images appropriated from the mass media—played an essential role in the creation of these works.

Starting in the early 1960s, Warhol also broadened his activities to include filmmaking, with films such as Sleep (1963), Kiss (1963–64), Empire (1964), and The Chelsea Girls (1966) that were marked by an emphasis on repetition and the passage of time. In the early 1970s, he produced monumental portraits such as Mao, a number of commissioned portraits, and the Hammer and Sickle series. From the late 1970s until his death in 1987, Warhol created multiple series of challenging abstract works, including the Shadow, Rorschach, and Camouflage paintings, which were produced concurrently with large-scale collaborative efforts and religious works such as the Last Supper series. Since his death, there have been numerous retrospective exhibitions of Warhol’s work at distinguished institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1989; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2001–2; Tate Modern, London, 2002; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2011–12.

Selected Artworks

October 13, 2017

FIAC 2017: Top galleries in “Avenue Winston Churchill, On Site”

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FIAC 2017, the International Art Fair exhibiting the best Contemporary Art galleries of the world, awaits its grand opening on October 19 in Paris. This year FIAC will have two sub-sections, Avenue Winston Churchill and Petit Palais, showcasing outdoor works featuring seminal works by the most prominent galleries all over the world. These two sub-sections fall in FIAC’s new sub division of “On Site” that was introduced last year. Read More
September 5, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Upcoming Museum Shows in Switzerland

Opening at Kunsthaus Baselland: Thursday 14th September, 6:30 PM

The MARCIA HAFIF exhibition is created in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (MARCIA HAFIF: September 16-January 14, 2018) and the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz (MARCIA HAFIF: September 15–November 12, 2017).
Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.
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