Upon entering the museum, my interest were immediately focused upon Andy Warhol’s work. The exhibition showcased 50 works by Warhol. There were large and small pieces, video selections and wallpapered environments, and I spent the next two hours absorbed in a fantastic, somewhat chaotic Warholian world. Until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol was the reigning king of Pop Art culture and a huge iconic influence on the innovative approach to creative uses of multimedia in the art world.
The exhibition is divided into five sections to highlight what guest curator, Mark Rosenthal, and his team categorized as representing the broad phenomenon of the “Warhol effect. ” The five thematic sections are: “Daily News: From Banality to Disaster,” “Portraiture: Celebrity and Power,” “Queer Studies: Shifting Identities,” “Consuming Images: Appropriation, Abstraction, and Seriality,” and “No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle. Many of Warhol’s significant/signature works are included and innovative, even humorous pieces by other artists add a wonderful, eclectic depth to the show; highlighting his influence on many contemporary artists as well as his enduring legacy. I loved the exhibit perhaps because I didn’t go with preconceived ideas of what it should or should not include. About the Self Portrait with Camouflage Painting Andy Warhol painted his own image on many occasions throughout his entire career as an artist.
They were part of his self promotional nature that made his deadpan face and trademark white wig as famous as many of the celebrities he painted. He was also carrying on a tradition of self portrait painting. Andy Warhol was famous for much longer than the fifteen minutes of fame that he predicted for everyone in his 1968 quote. Indeed, Warhol became so famous for being famous that his art tended to take second place to his personality. Warhol had a peculiar kind of fame: he posed himself as a blank against the aggressive celebrity culture of the 1960s.
His pale features, deadpan expression, obscure utterances, and famous wig created a persona that resisted questions or connections, let alone intimacy. In his series of Camouflage Self-Portraits, each of which had a different color of camouflage pattern superimposed on the artist’s face, Warhol built on the idea that portraits are a mask. Warhol hides in plain sight, not camouflaged at all, instantly recognizable yet hidden behind the facade of his own making.