Andy Warhol, '[no title]' 1967

Andy Warhol
[no title] 1967
Screenprint on paper
image: 910 x 910 mm
Purchased 1971© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009

Tate Liverpool
7 November 2014 – 8 February 2015 (press preview 6 November 2014)
£8.00 / £6.00

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) remains one of the most important and influential artists of the Post War period and the central figure associated with Pop Art. Transmitting Andy Warhol is the first exhibition to explore Warhol’s role in establishing new platforms to disseminate art, and his experimentation with new approaches to art reception that redefined artistic practice and distribution.

The first solo exhibition of Warhol’s work in the north of England, Transmitting Andy Warhol brings together over 100 pieces from Tate’s collection and collections across the world and rethinks Warhol’s pivotal role in re-defining the access to culture and art as we know it today. Highlights of the exhibition include major paintings loaned from international collections as well as films, drawings, prints and photographs, augmented by a rich display of documentation.

It was during the 1960s, when Warhol’s career was in the ascendency, that he recognised mass culture’s increasingly pervasive presence into the realms of visual representation and public experience, with a shift in the role of the artist as well as expectations of the audience. It was at this time that Warhol claimed his supposed ‘abandoning’ of painting, with a corresponding shift towards a commitment to the dispersive channels of publishing, broadcasting, fashion, music, printmaking, and film, and his synthesising of the conceptual processes of making, marketing, publicity as well as distribution within a single artwork.

The change in Warhol’s practice saw him occupy a singular position through his use of readymade and mass media imagery, which he manipulated and ‘transmitted’ back into the public realm through the mechanical means of reproduction and mass distribution. It was Warhol’s ‘transmission’ of art and radical ideas that implemented an ethical conviction that ‘art should be for everyone’. 

Transmitting Andy Warhol provides audiences with new insights into the breadth of the artist’s oeuvre, as well as the social, political and aesthetic implications of his practice. Warhol’s expanding of the channels of communication is especially important today in an era when digital media offers artists, as well as any member of the public, boundless possibilities of distributing information, images and ideas.

Reflecting the breadth of his activity and artistic processes in the context of the expanded information culture of the 1960s, Transmitting Andy Warhol will throw fresh light on his philosophies and continued significance. The exhibition hopes to generate new discussions and thinking by showing how Warhol’s philosophies were inextricably bound with the expanded distribution networks of his time, while questioning the traditional separation between high and low culture, and private and mass experience.

Transmitting Andy Warhol is curated by Darren Pih, Exhibitions & Displays Curator, Tate Liverpool. 

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