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Tickets to Transmitting Andy Warhol include entry into Gretchen Bender.
Discover the man who changed the modern art world. Transmitting Andy Warhol brings together over 100 artworks from one of the most influential, controversial and notorious artists of the twentieth century.
The first solo exhibition of Andy Warhols (1928-87) work in the North of England, Transmitting Andy Warhol showcases how Warhols practice spanned every medium, embracing the limitless channels of publishing, film, music, and broadcasting, transforming the way we consume culture today. Warhols endlessly diverse practice made waves in the world of art, fashion, media and celebrity. An exhibition highlight will be Warhols iconic Marilyn Diptych – Warhols tribute to Monroe after her untimely death - which has been named the third most influential work of modern artand remains one of the most enduring images of all time.
Warhol was more than just the master of Pop Art he was a cultural icon. The original social networker, his celebrity status is as controversial as the work that he created and he arguably heralded the consumer led, celebrity driven world that we live in now. Warhol was an obsessive documented, recording his daily life though diaries, tape recordings and photography, decades before the explosion of social media. From television commercials, to films, prints and the entire print run of his trailblazing celebrity magazine Interview, Transmitting Andy Warhol shows how Warhol combined the processes of making, marketing, publicity and distribution within a single artwork.
During a brief retirement from painting, Warhols interests expanded into the realm of performance and music. Alongside his Brillo boxes, soup cans and celebrity portraits will be a spectacular presentation of the travelling multi-media spectacle The Exploding Plastic Inevitable (EPI), Warhols famed total art environments. Used as a framework for a series of performances by the Velvet Underground and Nico, EPI will bring the atmosphere of 1970s New York to the Liverpool Waterfront.
By tracing Warhols expansion of the channels of communication in the context of mass information culture, the exhibition provides new insights into the expansive range of Warhols work.
Famed for his notorious use of appropriated readymade imagery, Warhol experimented with the very structure of information, which he transmitted back into the public realm using serial repetition and mass dispersion. This transmission of ideas and imagery implemented his democratic conviction that art should be for everyone.