Starting from today, the Warhol. Mechanical Art will be an exhibition open until September 16, 2018. Organized by and held at Museo Picasso Málaga in Spain, the show will be a comprehensive overview of all types of Warhol art.
Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger met in 1964 in New York when Jagger and the Rolling Stones were still relatively unknown in the United States. Warhol was fascinated by Jagger’s celebrity status and decided to create a portfolio of ten screenprints featuring Jagger titled Mick Jagger, 1975.
Andy Warhol famously said “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.” In 1985, he turned his attention to the monarchy by creating The Reigning Queens Series screenprints, a portfolio of sixteen works featuring female monarchs of the time. This iconic portfolio is considered Warhol’s largest portfolio of screenprints. The queens featured are Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland.
In this series, Warhol wholly embraces a pattern that heavily associated with its utilitarian and military purpose. The prints are colored in psychedelic colors, completely altering the print’s original identity as a disguise.
The Electric Chair Series is a manifestation of the mass public fascination with death and violence. Warhol employs the repetition in a powerful way as the multiplicity invariably desensitizes the viewer against the symbol of death and corporal punishment.
The series of ten screenprints is a nostalgic representations of America’s enchanted past. From the vibrant coloring to the icons’ dramatic expressions, each screen print reflects American glamour and theatricality.
The ten screenprints feature a collection of writers, actresses and scientists who are incredibly recognizable around the world. The series received negative feedback given that Warhol was Catholic and that he himself did not invest any interest in the subjects.
In the series of four screenprints, Warhol depicts the Roman Catholic church based in Cologne, Germany with dramatic flair, exaggerating its height and endowing it with bright rich colors.
In this portfolio of 6 screenprints, Andy Warhol pays tribute to Joseph Beuys, a German performance artist and sculptor who dominated the European art scene in the 80’s with his extensive works concerned with concepts such as humanism, social practice and social philosophy.
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