Warhol: Immortal

01 Jun 2013 - 25 Aug 2013

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) - one of the 20th century’s great pop art icons - remains an enigmatic figure, even 25 years after his death. Glitteringly public yet intensely private. Openly gay yet quietly devout. Astronomically successful yet painfully insecure. Quintessentially American yet a conspicuous outsider.

Te Papa’s Warhol: Immortal exhibition features the artist’s portraits and self-portraits across a range of media: drawings, photobooth snapshots, Polaroids, paintings, screen prints, installations, and films - including his ‘screen tests’ and MTV show.

On show are portraits of celebrities such as Prince and Jane Fonda, political leaders like Chairman Mao, and the bohemians who hung out at the Factory, Warhol’s studio in the 1960s. The works on this website represent a mere fraction of the more than 150 on display.

After leaving his successful career as a commercial artist, Warhol turned the art world upside down. He made the commercial artistic, and the everyday iconic. He drew on the tools of mass media: relentless repetition, blazing technicolour, and an intense - even voyeuristic - focus on beauty. Few have understood the power of branding and propaganda so well.

‘In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes.’ Warhol’s prescient remark, made in the late 1960s, has come to define the era in which we live - an age of instant communication, social networking, and reality TV. Love him or hate him, he’s hard to ignore.

Warhol: Immortal is organised by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

All works from Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, except Self-portrait no.9  from the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Images of works are no longer available due to the exhibition being closed

Selected Works