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Warhol .Exhibit .June

Andrew Warhola

Andrew Warhola, known more commonly to us all as Andy Warhol definitely was a force of art.  A leading personality and persona in the ‘Pop Art’ scene Warhol overflowed with creativity dabbling in film, music and the arts. Love him or hate him – you know his name no matter what echelon of society you pertain to, he truly is a remarkable and entirely successful artist.

From Drawings to Screenprints – A Creative Process

Where?

Hay Hill Gallery
5a Cork Street,
Mayfair,
London
W1S 3NY

When?

Monday to Saturday 10 a.m to 6 p.m
14 June – 17 July 2010

How Much?

Free viewings

From Drawings to Screenprints – A Creative Process

The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. The private transaction was reported in a 2009 article in The Economist, which described Warhol as the “bellwether  of the art market.” $100 million is a benchmark price that only Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and Willem de Kooning have achieved.

This summer fifty important works by Andy Warhol go on show at the Hay Hill Gallery. The exhibition offers a rare and fascinating insight into Warhol’s creative mind and working processes, with an unprecedented number of works juxtaposed with their preparatory drawings.

Highlights include a unique collection of Andy Warhol’s Indians (Native Americans) (1986), exhibited alongside the working drawings.These seventeen works of art form an important part of Warhol’s oeuvre.They provide a rounded study of Warhol’s graphic process in the 1980s and a fitting manifestation of his later obsession with American culture, particularly the stories, myths and legends of the American West. Based on publicity and archival photographs as well as postcards, Warhol romanticises stereotyped and exploited images of American Indians including Mother and Child, Indian Head Nickel, Plain Indian Shield, Kachina Dolls, Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Northwest Coast Mask.

There will also be a range of highly collectable works including The Scream (after Edvard Munch) (1984), part of an entire series of works based on the paintings of the Norwegian artist and Shadows (1978), from Warhol’s monumental Shadow series. Warhol’s first exhibition of his Shadow paintings took place in New York in January 1979, the entire contents of which are now in the Dia Art Foundation’s collection displayed at Beacon, New York. It was his most ambitious cycle of paintings up to that time.Warhol famously referred to them as “disco décor,” since, he explained “the opening party had disco” (“Painter Hangs His Own Paintings,” The New Yorker, February 5, 1979).Yet an entry in Warhol’s diary reveals how he strongly felt that they had much deeper meaning than simple decoration – Warhol complained that a dinner companion “was saying that my work was just ‘decorative.’ That got me really mad, and I’m so embarrassed, everybody saw the real me” (The Andy Warhol Diaries, ed. P. Hackett, 1989, p.199).

The painting on show is a beautiful example of the compelling, almost hypnotic power of the series as such. Executed in black and luscious dark blue, it reflects both Warhol’s definition of these images as being images of “nothing” and the human eye’s and mind’s immediate attempt to find a tangible visual structure.This painting is a particularly pure yet subdued visual tour de force.

Additionally there will be iconic images such as the iconic Marilyn Monroe (1962); Hammer & Sickle (1977) and Mobilgas (1985) as well as portraits of the collector Sidney Janis (1967) and dancer Merce Cunningham (1986). “While screen-printing is one of Andy Warhol’s more familiar techniques, this exhibition separates the layers of Warhol’s final images to give a new and special perspective on their creation. When
shown alongside the completed works, his detailed preparatory drawings reveal how hand-drawn outlines and painted brushstrokes provide a foundation for the printing process to create the final image,” says Hay Hill Gallery director.

As we love Andy – we will be looking forward to this exhibit.  If only we could afford an original… *wistful sigh*

For more information please go to:  http://hayhill.com/index.html

1 Comment to “Warhol .Exhibit .June”

  1. drawingtools says:

    The price for his works only proves how great artist Warhol is. Being an artist of different areas, the recognition for his creations was stunningly overwhelming.

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