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Andy Warhol: Prints and Drawings
from the Warhol Museum

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC Jun 5-Sep 6, 2004

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Vegetable Soup
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Campbell’s Vegetable Soup (1968), screenprint on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 5-Sep 6]

Andy Warhol was an American Pop artist who instigated an artistic revolution during his lifetime, 1928-1987. Like his contemporaries Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, Warhol appropriated commercial advertising and the concept of industrial replication in his paintings and prints. He was obsessed with youth, fame and consumerism. In the mid-1960s, Warhol created The Factory, a New York studio where he subsequently produced unprecedented numbers of paintings, silk-screens, videos and sculptures while hosting non-stop parties for the rich and famous.  

Despite his renown, Warhol's claim to his own fame resided largely in the mystique he generated about himself. Thousands of people fascinated by his genius attended a retrospective of his work at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1995. This summer's exhibition, Andy Warhol: Prints and Drawings from the Warhol Museum, takes a closer look at his drawings and prints. It features over two hundred works that include his memorable images of Coca-Cola bottles, Campbell's soup cans, Superman comics, American dollar bills and celebrity portraits of 60s super-people like Chairman Mao, Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor.

Curated by the staff of the Carnegie’s Andy Warhol Museum together with Daina Augaitis and Ian Thom at the Vancouver Art Gallery, this thoughtful show offers insight into the artist’s transformation from commercial illustrator to Pop artist. Included are rarely seen shoe illustrations from his early career as a commercial artist and delicate line drawings of sensuous male bodies.

Mia Johnson

 Fri, Jun 4, 2004