Monday, 26 February 2018

# 456

... did some home curating... can you spot the 'non-Warhol' postcards? 🔎 😉

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

# 454

had tears in my eyes watching this... I admire Lou's music so much... 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

# 453

Check out this sweet tattoo! Not mine... I don't have sleeves but I'd lie if I said it isn't tempting.

Monday, 29 January 2018

# 452

If you are in Germany right now, or sometime until July, check out the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Kunsthaus Apolda. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it 😞

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'