Exhibit gives the public 15 minutes with Warhol
Warhol started his career as an industrial designer and applied the principle of mass manufacturing to art.
Most recently, the auction of Warhol’s portrait of Michael Jackson (1958-2009) has put the artist in the spotlight once again. The Vered Gallery in East Hampton, New York, sold the 1984 portrait - a 30-by-26-inch painting showing the smiling singer in the red jacket from his “Thriller” days in the 1980s - on Aug. 18. The gallery’s co-owner Janet Lehr would not disclose the final bid price, but she did say it was more than a million dollars.
By employing the images of celebrities and everyday products, Warhol eliminated the barrier between fine art and pop culture. Using silk screen techniques, he mass produced the celebrity portraits in his studio, which he called The Factory.
His works were soon recognized as pop art, a visual art movement that emerged in Britain and the United States in the 1950s.
“Warhol was a pioneer in eliminating the barriers between commercialism and art,” said Yang Hye-suk, a curator of the exhibition. “The exhibition consists of works that are artistically and historically important but have not yet been seen in Korea.”
In the 1950s, Warhol designed the covers of magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar as well as album art for artists with Columbia Records. In the 1960s, Warhol became famous for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer and author. He also became known for his associations with a diverse group of people, from bohemian artists and Hollywood celebrities to intellectuals and the wealthy.
Warhol was one of a handful of visual artists who became rich and famous while they were still alive. He was never shy about his desire for fame and money, and he once said, “Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art.”
*The exhibition starts on Saturday and continues through April 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from December to February and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from March to April. Closed Mondays. Admission is 8,000 won ($7) to 12,000 won. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10. For details, call the museum at (02) 120 or visit http://seoulmoa.seoul.go.kr/.
By Limb Jae-un [email@example.com]