Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Andy Warhol in Edinburgh

Andy Warhol died on 22 February 1987. To mark the twentieth anniversary of his death, the National Gallery of Scotland is holding the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist's work ever shown in Scotland.

Andy Warhol, A Celebration of Life... and Death aims to show how a life/death duality runs through all of Warhol's work. The show presents a broad range of the artist's work from the early 1950's to 1986 in a wide range of media - Painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, film, photography and installation. Many of the works are being lent by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and there are also loans from other museums and private collections in Britain and Europe.

Andy Warhol became a central figure in the art movement known as Pop Art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter; an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author and a public figure known for his presence in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats. A controversial figure during his lifetime (his work was often derided by critics as a hoax or "put-on"), Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books and documentary films since his death in 1987. He is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Andy Warhol on Wikipedia

Bank of Scotland totalART: Andy Warhol

4th August to 7th October 2007
National Gallery Of Scotland
Tickets £8 (£6)


Audio recordings of selected events related to the Warhol exhibition events programme are also available for download. These include:

Andy Warhol: The Art of Camouflage

Tom Sokolowski, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, opens this major exhibition with an illustrated talk.

Andy Warhol: Social Spaces
Mark Francis, Director of the Gagosian Gallery in London and formerly founding Director and Chief Curator at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, talks about Warhol's installations created throughout his work using paintings, wallpaper, films, dance and music.

You can download the recordings here.


Also on display at the National Gallery of Scotland: The Naked Portrait (until 2 September).

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