In addition to creating art, Andy Warhol started Interview magazine, opened a night club and created Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes—for MTV. Here is a clip on YouTube. Enjoy.
Nearly 30 years after his death, Andy Warhol’s unrelenting fixation with celebrity and its imprint on his life, art and films fuels a new exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Debuting at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, “Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen” spotlights the Pop Art master’s personal collection of Hollywood memorabilia, which the child of immigrants began collecting growing up in 1930s Pittsburgh.
The exhibition, organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and presented in collaboration with TIFF, includes rare items such as Warhol’s childhood scrapbook as well as posters, magazines, films, prints, drawings, photos, videos and other related artworks. Together, “Stars of the Silver Screen” sheds new light on Warhol’s obsession with Hollywood, particularly as he transitioned from the two-room row house of his youth in Pittsburgh’s working-class neighborhood of Oakland into a globally recognized star and star-maker.
“This is the first major exhibition we’ve seen that looks at the imprint of celebrity on Warhol’s life and work,” said Laurel MacMillan, TIFF’s director of exhibitions. “It takes audiences inside Warhol’s head, both as an artist and fan. It also gives them an opportunity to see how that thread of celebrity carried through his life and prolific career, and how deeply it affected Warhol until his death in 1987.”
“Warhol was a bridge between that golden era of Hollywood, which was filled with stars like Shirley Temple, Judy Garland and Lana Turner, and the new Hollywood that emerged from its ashes in the 1960s,” said Huxley, the curator of film and audio at The Andy Warhol Museum. “Remember, from a very young age Warhol was going to the movies and collecting celebrity magazines and photographs. He was loyal to this passion throughout his life. Warhol even had a copy of Kitty Kelley’s book on Frank Sinatra sitting by his bedside in the hospital shortly before his death.”
The commercial artist turned painter in the 1950s and filmmaker in the 1960s found himself partying with Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Truman Capote, Halston and a host of celebrities of that era.
“Warhol clearly exceeded his childhood dreams about attaining some kind of notoriety in his life. But as he delved into the world of celebrity, Warhol looked to the mundane for inspiration and made stars out of ordinary people who walked off the street and into his studio,” said Huxley. “That curiosity about what stardom really meant kept Warhol ahead of his contemporaries.”
Even in today’s age of social media and reality TV, Warhol’s relevance is undiminished, according to Davies, the managing curator for the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Warhol anticipated many shifts in pop culture and played a significant role in the democratization of fame,” said Davies.“His work also preceded reality TV, particularly with its emphasis on mundane things like soup cans and on the average person’s day-to-day life.”
Available Celebrity artwork by Andy Warhol
On Sunday, Oct. 18, Andy Warhol’s colorful Pop art will fill Philbrook Museum of Art for an exhibition that celebrates the artist’s brilliance.
Warhol was an important visionary of Pop art, a movement of the 1950s and ‘60s that represented media and popular culture within artists’ works. Pop art allowed everyday culture to find a place within fine art, and emerging as a staple in the New York scene, Warhol’s works flourished alongside his reputation.
An artist, celebrity, entrepreneur and author, Warhol’s artistic mediums included drawings, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening and more. With works on display and collected worldwide, his contribution to art is immeasurable.
The Philbrook exhibit, Life In Color, shines a light on Warhol’s prints that include portraits of Marilyn Monroe, among other celebrities, the electric chair, camouflage patterning, flowers, sunsets and more. Empowering guests to explore the works of other contemporary artists of Warhol’s time, Philbrook has included prints by Richard Diebenkorn, Chuck Close, Edward Ruscha and Keith Haring within the exhibit. For more information, visit www.philbrook.org.
U.S. paper currency is about to change in a big way. Move over Alexander Hamilton, you are being bumped off. A woman will soon feature on U.S. bank notes for the first time in 150 years after a successful campaign to celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage. But the surprise decision comes with a catch: whoever is chosen will have to share the honour with a man. We are campaigning for Andy Warhol to feature on the dollar bill. Take notice President Barack Obama.
“AMERICAN MONEY IS VERY WELL-DESIGNED, REALLY. I LIKE IT BETTER THAN ANY OTHER KIND OF MONEY.”
Warhol is an obvious choice for the face of the dollar bill. His love for the dollar sign is well documented. “I like money on the wall.” He famously said in 1975. Warhol created an array of works depicting the ultimate symbol of status and wealth. Significantly, money was the first subject that Warhol screenprinted onto canvas in 1962, as he discovered what would become his trademark technique.
Following Warhol’s lead, works by Keith Haring further emphasise the US dollar’s symbolic stake and a global dialogue between culture and capital in 1986.
In his portrayal of Andy as Mickey Mouse, Haring accorded Warhol iconic status, saying:
“It’s like treating him like he was part of American culture, like Mickey Mouse was. That he himself had become a symbol, a sign for something complete, universally understandable. He sort of made this niche for himself in the culture. As much as Mickey Mouse had…putting him on a dollar bill was just making him even more like an icon or part of the American dream.”
Warhol and Haring’s depiction of the dollar bill is the ultimate response to, and expression of, consumer culture and art. Warhol made the dollar bill an inextricable part of his brand image as an artist; it is time for the dollar bill to stake its claim on Warhol as an icon.
World Rhino Day is on September 22 of each year and celebrates all five species of rhino – black, white, greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhinos. Raising awareness about the plight of these beautiful animals is so important because their existence is under increasing threat from poachers and illegal trade.
In 1983, Andy Warhol created a series of ten color screen prints that portrayed endangered animals from around the world, including this black rhino. The Endangered Species portfolio was commissioned by Ronald and Frayda Feldman, long-time political and environmental activists who support innovative art projects and installations through their art gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York.
According to the Feldman’s, the idea for the portfolio emerged after conversations with Warhol about ecological issues that included a discussion about beach erosion. Warhol was always interested in animals and when Ronald Feldman proposed the idea, the artist embraced it. Today, the loss of habitat and biodiversity are still hot topics as the impact of development reaches critical thresholds.