With over 260 pieces to choose from the Andy Warhol exhibition, it was impossible for us to pick just five. So here’s what we picked after deliberating in no particular order!
Series of Endangered Species paintings (above)
Concerned about endangered animals. Warhol focused his efforts into creating a series of ten screen-prints he called “Endangered Species.” The brightly colored prints with their striking lines and vivid palette—“animals in make-up,” as Warhol described them—depict animals such as a giant panda, a zebra, a bald eagle, and a Siberian tiger.
Beautiful and dreamy and made of metalized plastic film inflated with helium; Warhol used “Silver Clouds” when he was promoting The Velvet Underground rock group in a multimedia spectacle called the “Exploding Plastic Inevitable”. The “Silver Clouds” also served as a décor in a dance video choreographed by Merce Cunningham. (1968).
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Self Portrait – Fright Wig
Months before his death, Warhol undertook a series of iconic self-portrait paintings. Throughout his life, Warhol played up his unusual looks and pale complexion to startling effect. These in particular drew attention to his exaggerated wig.
Andy Warhol created quite a number of record cover for the likes of Lou Reed, Diana Ross and most famously The Velvet Underground. This one for diva Aretha Franklin is noteworthy not only for its striking cover, but it was Warhol's final work before his death in early 1987.
A mention of Warhol’s work isn’t complete without mentioning his works featuring the vivacious Marilyn Monroe. Following her death in 1962, Warhol created more than twenty silkscreen paintings of her, all based on the same publicity photograph from the 1953 film “Niagara”. Two of his recurring themes are present here: the cult of celebrity and mortality. The repeated use of her images suggests her omnipresence in media while the contrasting colours as well as the fading effect evoke the icon’s mortality.
For more of Andy Warhol’s art pieces, head on down to Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal – Exhibition