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Posts Tagged ‘Andy Warhol’

The Soup Can Boys, Warhol and Banksy

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

We all know about Andy Warhol’s famous series of Campbell’s Soup Can paintings and prints, one of which is shown below left. But did you know that Banksy also did some soup can art works? His “Tesco Value” soup cans can be seen below right. If you’re not familiar with Tesco, it’s a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer. I can’t say that either image gets me too excited from an art perspective.

screenprints of soup cans by Andy Warhol and Banksy

Halloween in the Suburbs

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I know Halloween was 3 days ago, and you’re all probably ready to move on to the next holiday. But when I posted about Halloween in the City the other day, I promised a follow-up about Halloween in the Suburbs, so here it is.

There’s always plenty of Halloween decorations in local yards here in Glen Ridge, NJ, but this year found some good ones, and then a really good one. One of the more-unusual ones was the yard with the duo below left, protecting the bloody white shirt from being picked up by the dry cleaners. The skeleton in his beach chair looks pretty relaxed, but the alien coming out of the iron pot filled with witches’ brew looks a little ticked off.

And then below right, we’ve got what looks like Andy Warhol (or rather his skeleton) overseeing entrance to the front yard of this particular house. But scroll down for more on this one, because there’s a lot more here than what you’re seeing at first glance.

Halloween decorations in the front yard featuring a skeleton dressed up like Andy Warhol and his fright wig

Now that we have stepped back and can get a wider view, you can see that this suburban home is reimagining itself as a former NYC nightlife hotspot, Studio 54, with Andy Skeleton Warhol sitting as the doorman ready to check the guestlist, surrounded by oversized martini glasses and black-and-white photographs of nightclub crowds. I wish I could have seen if they had decorated the inside of the house as a nightclub as well, but the front yard display certainly was impressive!

front yard Halloween decorations in Glen Ridge, featuring Andy Warhol at Studio 54

Which of these is NOT a Warhol Polaroid?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

I was flipping through a New York Magazine at the doctor’s office the other day when I happened upon a story about the actress Maya Rudolph, formerly of Saturday Night Live fame. The first thought I had when I saw the pictures was that “these are done in the style of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid photographs from the 1970’s!” As I learned more about the photographer, Lucas Michael, I found out he’s an Argentinian photographer who uses the same Polaroid “Bigshot” camera that Warhol used to take commissioned portraits at the Factory. I thought that Polaroid had stopped making instant film, but a Google search seems to find that it can still be found out there. It was noted, however, that Michael is using Fuji Instant film. To see more Lucas Michael portraits, check out this page on his website.

polaroid photographs of women celebrities by Andy Warhol and Lucas Michael

Dionisios Fragias and the Trinity of Modern Art

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Here’s a great piece that I saw at the Scope Art Fair on Friday night: “Trinity,” 2014, oil on cut aluminum by Dionisios Fragias at the RARE Gallery booth. Dionisios Fragias makes art that places a contemporary spin on imagery or concepts derived from the Bible and from famous Greek myths. Here Fragias is putting a spin on the Christian concept of the “Trinity” which defines God as consisting of three entities: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. In this case, however, the “Trinity” of modern art is Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, and Pablo Picasso. You can see more of Fragias’ art on the RARE Gallery website here.

art by Dionisios Fragias at the RARE Gallery in NYC, seen at the Scope Art Fair

If Andy Warhol had lived during the age of Social Media

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Do you think if Andy Warhol were alive now, his “15 minutes of fame” outlook might be different due to the overwhelming state of social media? Are viral videos, internet memes and re-tweets simply Warhol’s vision come to life? Or might Andy think it’s gone too far and now express the opinion expressed by someone named “Kiro,” as seen in the sticker art graffiti below right? (seen on the Lower East Side of NYC yesterday)

In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes, said Andy Warhol

Introducing … Monica Warhol

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I received an e-mail today from Fine Art America that said just that: “Introducing … Monica Warhol.” I didn’t realize there was another Warhol making art, but according to a press release: “Monica Warhol, a member of the world famous Warhol family, began her career as an artist in Pittsburgh as did her famous cousin Andy Warhol. Her vision as expressed in her art includes artistic, social, commercial and philanthropic themes blended in a unique style.”

A glance at her website shows a photographic homage to her cousin, as she is dressed in a familiar striped shirt, leather jacket, and sunglasses, as you can see in the picture of Monica flanked by 2 images of Andy, below.

Monica Warhol dressed to look just like Andy Warhol

So, what kind of art does Monica Warhol make? I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that her portfolio includes a Campbell’s Tomato Soup can, below left. And for good measure, we’ll throw in a “Cotton Candy Colt,” below right. In another homage to her cousin, she has “Warholisms” – or quotes – on her website, including this one: “I live in a bubble, but that’s ok, because I am the one who blew it.” To see more, visit www.monicawarhol.com.

art by Andy Warhol's cousin, Monica Warhol

Michael Gambon has a Stephen Sprouse look in Toys

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

For some reason, my son and I decided to watch the 1992 Robin Williams movie “Toys” last night. It was a bit bizarre, to say the least, but was visually interesting. Michael Gambon played the role of the General, and in several scenes he’s wearing a crazy and colorful “camouflage” uniform, below left. When I saw it, it brought back memories of a clothing designer who was hot in NYC in the 1980’s named Stephen Sprouse … when I Google-searched his clothes, I found what triggered the association – his jacket, below right, which utilized one of Andy Warhol’s “Camouflage” screen-prints. It’s not an exact match, but is very similar in the colors used. For curiosity’s sake, I wanted to see if Sprouse had done the costume design for “Toys,” but found that it was actually done by Albert Wolsky, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on that film.

Michael Gambon's general has a camo suit like Stephen Sprouse's Warhol jacket

Andy Warhol, copyrights and trademarks

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Artist Mike Kelley (pictured top left) once said, “Andy Warhol could not have a career now. He would be sued every two seconds.” When one thinks about all of the copyrights and trademarks that Warhol ignored as he painted his pop images, it kind of makes sense. What do you think?

Warhol's use of trademarked and copyrighted material in his paintings

Abstract Expressionism in unexpected places

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

What do you think this is? An abstract expressionist painting? Actually, it kind of looks like an Andy Warhol “Oxidation” painting, but it’s not. So, what is it? Scroll down to find out …

rusted hood of a car that looks like an Andy Warhol Oxidation painting

It’s a rusty car hood in a Kmart parking lot!

car hood that looks like a Warhol oxidation painting

A nod to Warhol with an array of Twinkies, hamburgers, Mr. T, Mickey Mouse, and so much more

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Check out this painting by Cameron Gray, as seen at the 2013 Armory Show. Can you see the reference to Andy Warhol’s “Mao” painting? Or do you just see Twinkies, hamburgers, Shepard Fairey’s “Obey” Giant, babies, Mr. T, hotdogs and Madonna? For more on this painting and its tie to Warhol and Chuck Close, check out our investigation into “Yellow Mao” here.

Cameron Gray Yellow Mao as seen at the Armory Show

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