Library Shelf Location 18.WARH
Publication Date 2011
Description Andy Warhol: ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund showcases nearly two hundred works across two galleries: John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery. The exhibition is part of the 2011 national tour of ARTIST ROOMS, a new collection of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation. At John Hansard Gallery you can see Warhol’s hugely influential film and photography, while at Southampton City Art Gallery an iconic range of paintings, prints and posters are on show, alongside an Andy Warhol ‘Factory Room’ activity space for young people and families. Capturing images and moments on film was at the heart of Andy Warhol’s approach to art – whether a celebrity portrait, a banal, everyday scene or people visiting the Factory, his infamous New York studio hangout. Many of these images became source material for now famous paintings and prints, and some remained as important works in their own right. Warhol was a highly experimental filmmaker. One of the most famous series of works are the Screen Tests – short, filmed portraits of Warhol’s friends, colleagues and Factory visitors. Screen Tests by Dennis Hopper, Marcel Duchamp, Susan Sontag and Factory regulars Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name and Ann Buchanan are on show here. Sedgwick was the brightest of the Factory stars and she also stars here in Lupe (1965), a two screen film based on the short, tragic life of actress Lupe Vélez. In 1970, Warhol began recording life around him using portable video equipment. The resulting Factory Diaries, made between 1970 and1982, reveal the inner workings of Warhol’s world and could be seen as a precursor of today’s Reality TV. Warhol’s focus shifted to photography in the late 1970s. He not only captured people but also scenes and objects around New York that he found curious or extraordinary. Some of these images were transformed into Stitched Photographs (1986), in which repeated prints are literally sewn together. Warhol was preoccupied with self-image and found his own appearance problematic. He produced countless self-portraits, often using a Polaroid camera. This provided an instant method by which to experiment with poses, outfits and wigs, and were often the basis for other works. To complement these, there are four photographs of Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe on show from the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Warhol and Mapplethorpe were both key figures in New York’s avant-garde scene of the 1970s and 80s. The lasting legacy of Warhol’s film and photography is still being felt today, leaving its mark both within television and the work of countless contemporary artists and film-makers.
ISBN 9780854329212
Quantity 1
Pages 34
Authors Alice Workman, Ros Carter
Format Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Related Artist Andy Warhol
Categories Photography, Printmaking, Film and Artists' Moving Image
Language English

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