Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol
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Catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol (09.13. – 12.14.2008).
The exhibition contained 44 masterpieces from 1962 - 84, some of which had not been exhibited for many years. In addition, the audience could experience one of Andy Warhol’s sculptural installations Silver Clouds, 4 wallpapers, 11 of Warhol’s films and two TV-shows.
Andy Warhol’s great masterpieces revolutionised the notion of art and transformed how we understand the practice of art marking. Andy Warhol, often referred to as an ‘artist in third person,’ encapsulated the consumer society of his time by integrating the leading images, hopes and aspirations of post-war into his art. He did so with such authority and conviction that his art, his persona, became a brand in its own right, much like the objects and ideas he depicted.
As the title, Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol insinuates, the visitors were encouraged to reflect upon Warhol’s personal involvement with his art and his subject-matter. The intention with this exhibition was to exceed well-rehearsed clichés about Andy Warhol and rather emphasise the ambition, subjectivity and consciousness of Andy as a person. By placing the artist in the centre, not only as an icon and an ‘artist in third person’, one could get to know a person with extreme commitment to the times in which he lived.
As a guide to this adventure the museum published, together with Skira, this extended catalogue with important articles by prominent scholars and writers.
Introduction by Gunnar B. Kvaran and articles by Graham Bader, Rachel Baum, Judith Benhamou-Huet, Glenn O’Brien, David Carrier, Jane Daggett Dillenberger, Steven Watson, Aram Saroyan, Svein Inge Sæther and an interview with Gerard Malanga.
Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland and Grete Årbu.