Transmitting Andy Warhol Exhibition Review

Andy Warhol Exhibition Review: 10th December 2014


We visited the Liverpool Tate Gallery to see an exhibition on the work of Andy Warhol. Overall this was interesting but slightly un-appealing to me because I am not interested by Warhol’s work but I was interested to see more of his work that he had produced over his lifetime.


Skulls (1976) – Skulls is 6 screen prints of a black and white photograph taken by Ronnie Cutrone, an assistant of Warhol. Warhol used this black and white photograph repeatedly overlaid with these vivid colours; some art historians believe this is linked to his near-fatal shooting in 1968, this is why they believe that he took this very “macabre” approach when creating these screen prints. As a piece of art I feel captivated by the “Macarbeness” of the image, however on a whole I feel the piece is very flat and is only bright because of the colours added onto the screen prints. However by using these colours he was able to create different shadows on a very dull image, which draws your attention to different aspects on the image that you wouldn’t necessarily have seen on original image. I have had an idea for using the different perspectives of the skulls to use in my work as a final piece. When looking at this piece for signage based on the context background of the piece, you could say this infers mortality. Mortality is the opposite of immortality and after Warhol’s near fatal shooting; his opinion and beliefs of deaths must have been influenced by this event.


Do It Yourself (Seascape) (1962) – Do It Yourself (Seascape) is a five part series of paintings that Warhol created. The paintings Warhol created is made with Acrylic paints on Canvas, and the paintings have some areas that are deliberately left incomplete. The complete areas have been coloured whereas the incomplete areas are left with white areas and black outlines.


Marilyn Diplych (1962) –

These are screen-prints of Marilyn Monroe based on the photograph from the film Niagara (1953), these were made following the death of Marilyn Monroe. There was 20 silk screen-prints made of her. The blurring and fading are suggesting Marilyn Monroe’s demise and her mortality. On one hand the vibrant prints and colour is a bit garish, then on the other hand I find the black and white prints that are also blurred and faded interesting as they show their age.


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