Andy Warhol: Six Silkscreen Prints
November 19, 2016 - April 8, 2017
On loan from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University.
American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was the leading figure in the Pop Art movement during the 1960s. He launched his career with his well-known Campbell’s Soup can paintings. He is recognized for the work he and his assistants developed in his Warhol Factory in New York City, where printmaking, painting, photography, and film were employed to churn out thousands of works of art. Warhol redefined the artist’s role in the creation of artwork, the art market, and the recycling of popular imagery as high art. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, established in 1987, completed years of planned giving through the donation of his unsold work to educational institutions around the world, including the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC. This exhibition features six original silkscreen prints from the Turchin’s permanent collection that are out-of-edition. This means that they were created during the original print run, but did not make the cut when Warhol decided what would be included in the final print release.
“When Warhol first established his Factory, he was a fairly successful commercial illustrator. Surrounded by drag queens, drug addicts, artists, musicians, writers, socialites, movie stars, and underground celebrities, Warhol desperately wanted to be taken seriously as a famous artist. Initially rejected by the fine art world, Warhol embraced Pop Art; turning to screen-printing, he blended popular culture, commercial practices, and high art. With serially produced silkscreens, Warhol was able to become the art-making machine he dreamed of, minimizing the hand of the artist in the production of his artwork and using famous icons and idols of current popular culture as his subject matter.”
- Mary Anne Redding, Curator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC