Warhol: Immortal Pop Up Pop Art!

The ‘Pop Up Pop Art’ event celebrated the launch of the visiting Andy Warhol exhibition, Warhol: Immortal, opening tomorrow at Te Papa.

Photos from Flickr

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Warhol: Immortal, a set on Flickr.

This community art project was devised to create excitement around Warhol: Immortal, and celebrate the life and work of Andy Warhol.

The initiative was to create a highly participatory experience for as many people as possible whilst also forming an art piece which echoes the ethos of Warhol himself.

Warhol: Immortal

More than anything else, Warhol was obsessed with people. His preoccupation is perhaps even more pertinent today, in an era of intense social networking, reality TV, and YouTube. His past words take on a prophetic status: ‘In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.

The exhibition features Warhol’s portraits of friends, celebrities, socialites, politicians, and rock stars across multiple media – paintings, MTV videos, experimental films, screen prints, drawings, and magazine covers. Among them are the flamboyant, repetitive portraits that made him most famous. As he once said: ‘Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?’

Startling self-portraits from a 40-year period show the persona of Andy Warhol developing over time, until close to his death in 1987. He immortalised himself as much others – on canvas if not elsewhere. He once mused about being ‘reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger’ and another time quipped: ‘I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.’

Warhol: Immortal is organised by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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