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Andy Warhol

 

90 years

 

 

Today August 6, the foremost ground breaker in modern art history would have celebrated his ninetieth birthday. The importance of Andy Warhol’s (1928–1987) legacy can in no sense be overrated and - consciously or not - we are all products of his idea of contemporary life and society. What made his art subversive?

1. With his art, he saw through the birth of the post-industrial era, pointing out the age of consumerism.

2. His works bridge the gap between the classic art of portraiture and the idea of modern mass media icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Mao Tse Tung and Elvis Presley

3. He renewed and developed the art film. Together with avantgarde young talents, he let his Factory become a studio for experimental film production.

Warhol passed away in February 1987, a few days after a routine operation. He was buried in his city of birth, Pittsburgh, but was celebrated by his friends in a Memorial Mass in New York in May the same year. Photographer Christoph von Hohenberg immortalized the event. Thousands of people had arrived to see the procession of invited celebrities: Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Harry among others.

Today it’s hard to imagine the world without Andy Warhol. Although, in the late sixties he was far from the megastar he would become. Actually, the first ever museum show he had, was in 1968 in Stockholm, at Moderna Museet. Hindsight, the exhibition has been considered groundbreaking. This September, Moderna will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the exhibition.

 
  Christophe Von Hohenberg   Andy Warhol  Digital Print on Hahnemühle 43.2 x 55.9 cm

Christophe Von Hohenberg
Andy Warhol
Digital Print on Hahnemühle
43.2 x 55.9 cm

  Andy Wahol   Tomato Soup, ur: Campbell’s Soup I  1968 88,9 x 58,4 cm

Andy Wahol
Tomato Soup, ur: Campbell’s Soup I
1968
88,9 x 58,4 cm

  Andy Warhol   Ingrid Bergman with hat  1983 Silkscreen in colours 91,4 x 91,4 cm

Andy Warhol
Ingrid Bergman with hat
1983
Silkscreen in colours
91,4 x 91,4 cm

 
  Christophe Von Hohenberg   Andy Warhol Memorial, 1987: Bianca Jagger Arriving  Digital Print on Archival Hahnemühle Paper 55.9 × 43.2 cm

Christophe Von Hohenberg
Andy Warhol Memorial, 1987:
Bianca Jagger Arriving

Digital Print on Archival Hahnemühle Paper
55.9 × 43.2 cm

  Christophe Von Hohenberg   Andy Warhol Memorial, 1987: Singer Deborah Harry (Blondie)  Digital Print on Ultra Endura Paper 152.4 × 101.6 cm

Christophe Von Hohenberg
Andy Warhol Memorial, 1987:
Singer Deborah Harry (Blondie)

Digital Print on Ultra Endura Paper
152.4 × 101.6 cm

  Christophe Von Hohenberg   Andy Warhol Memorial, 1987:    Mounted Patrol at St. Patrick’s Cathedral   Digital Print on Hahnemühle 55.9 x 43.2 cm

Christophe Von Hohenberg
Andy Warhol Memorial, 1987: 
Mounted Patrol at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Digital Print on Hahnemühle
55.9 x 43.2 cm