I have seen Andy Warhol’s iconic works in art books and online but never in person.
The Whitworth art gallery in Manchester currently has an artists room dedicated to pieces he created after being shot dead by Valerie Solanas (and moments later revived) in 1968.
All the pieces explore this near death experience, alongside his usual comments on 20th-century consumer culture in the US. I loved getting a closer look at his screenprints, a medium I’m drawn to with my love of textiles.
Although a lot of Warhol’s works use his bright pop art colour palette the darker subject matter really balances this. The bright pops of neon colour reminded me of my favourite David Hockney landscapes.
The lettering from advertisements Warhol traced and blew up onto canvas was a real highlight, you can clearly see the popular type and layouts of the era.
It was my first visit to The Whitworth, I’m so glad the exhibition in the ‘artists room’ space was not overcrowded with Warhol’s large-scale works. The curation was excellent and not too overwhelming, I spent a very inspiring hour taking it all in and learning about this era of Warhol’s life and the cultural climate at the time.
Is Andy Warhol one of you favourite artists? What do you think is his most iconic piece?