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Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshitoshi's "Drowsy: the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era"), Iona Rozeal Brown, 2007, enamel, acrylic and paper on wooden panel. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshitoshi's Drowsy: the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era), Iona Rozeal Brown, 2007, enamel, acrylic and paper on wooden panel. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Andy Warhol and the Celebrity Cult

Friday, November 23, 2012

7:00 PM

  • For Everyone

Andy Warhol and the Celebrity Cult

Gallery Talk with Associate Curator Rebecca Hart

Friday, November 23

7:00pm

7:30  Reception

 

To register for this event please go to http://andywarholffff.eventbrite.com

 

Andy Warhol’s obsession with celebrity manifested itself in many ways and is most revealing in his self-portraits. This 1986 version presents the artist as spectral: his neon blue head, shock of hair, and paint splatter appear as a disembodied, free-floating mask or scull. Made at a time when many of Warhol’s friends were dying of AIDS this canvas was considered a harbinger of death. David Bourdon, a friend, critic, and one-time studio assistant commented that these works are “a memento mori, an unblinking, unsentimental view of a hurriedly approaching mortality.” The DIA is fortunate to have a magnificent painting from the rejected series on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, while our two iconic Self-portraits (1967) are at the Metropolitan Museum as the signature works in the exhibition Considering Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. The 1986 Warhol self-portrait will be on view through April 2013. Contemporary curator Rebecca Hart will discuss the 1986 “fright wig” self-portrait, Warhol’s cult of celebrity and his sense of mortality

 

 

Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and J.P Morgan

 

 


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