The installation featured paintings and prints of Hollywood stars, sporting legends and musicians - including Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali and Dolly Parton, among others - alongside filmed portraits described as “screen tests” of 60s counter-culture icons. The installation also included Andy Warhol-designed wallpaper and Warhol’s ground-breaking work, Silver Clouds. The artworks were accompanied by rarely-seen archival photographs, including Hollywood publicity photos and Polaroid portraits made in his studio and later utilised as source material for his paintings and prints.
From his childhood in industrial Pittsburgh, Warhol gazed at Hollywood glamour and dreamed of escaping to be a part of that world. As Warhol achieved that dream, becoming one of the world’s most famous artists, he also came to understand that fame comes with many complications.
Focusing in on the notion of celebrity, the exhibition drew a line between the artists’ reflections on society then, to contemporary culture, highlighting Warhol’s ongoing relevance to the next generation and new audiences.
Installation Photo © Arts AlUla / © The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum
Offering opportunities for local audiences and visitors to learn even more about Andy Warhol and his work, the exhibition was accompanied by a public programme of talks and a series of workshops and masterclasses in screen printing and design. Learn more about workshops offered at Madrasat Addeera
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