Sunday, 3 December 2017

# 451

I have been neglecting this blog for a while now... will do some re-structuring... stay tuned!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

# 450

Puh, it's been a while... but it's time for a new post here:

I'm happy to announce that I'm going to give two lectures on Andy Warhol during the Andy Warhol Month Croydon. The first one will be on Monday, 25th September, focusing on Warhol's art historical context 'Drips, Beats & Pop - Warhol in the context of his time'. The second one will take place on Tuesday, 26th September, and it will be about the philosophical implications of Warhol's work 'I want to be a machine - Warhol's challenge to the role of the artist.

The whole programme sounds great and I am very excited to get involved! 




Wednesday, 22 February 2017

# 449

Today is the 30th anniversary of Andy Warhol's death... a man obsessed with the subject of death in his own art:

In 1978, the year of his 50th birthday, Warhol painted self-portraits with a skull close to his head (either balanced on his shoulder, or on his head). The personal association with death, and now perhaps a private readiness for it, became overt. At about the same time he made another self-portrait showing himself being strangled. [...] Warhol made his scariest, and what turned out to be his last, self-portrait early in 1986. At that time he was also experimenting with a new form of abstraction, a new kind of blank for the mid 1980s-paintings of camouflage patterns. Like his Shadows project, camouflage was a subject that was real but ultimately symbolized nothingness - in this case invisibility. [...] His obsession with disappearance and his scrutiny of death persisted to the end. The thoughts of death that filled Warhol's last years - the camouflage idea, the tragic self-portrait, the paintings of Leonardo's Last Supper - span back to the first death and disaster works of 1962. In the intervening decade, the Skulls carried the theme and kept Warhol's edge as sharp and repellent to normalcy as it had ever been.  --- Trevor Fairbrother, 'Skulls'

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

# 448

... last week, me and my friend Anne went to the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and found this artwork.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

# 447

Happy new year! (belated)

I haven't posted anything in a while so let's start the year with a nice quote about Warhol from my favourite maverick theorist Jean Baudrillard:

"Warhol offers us the pure illusion of technology - technology as radical illusion - an illusion far superior today to that of painting." --- Jean Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime

Back to my research now... see you!


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

# 446

Today is a sad, sad day. Without further comment, I will just quote from Warhol's diaries:

Wednesday, May 2, 1984:
And I just hate the Trumps because they never bought my Trump Tower portraits. And I also hate them because the cabs on the upper level of their ugly Hyatt Hotel just back up traffic so badly around Grand Central now and it takes me so long to get home ($6). 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

# 444

... 3 years ago today, Lou Reed passed away. In his long career the quality of his music may have varied from time to time but I still think he was one of the most gifted song writers of the past century...