Andy Warhol is central to the exhibition 'The Prints of Andy Warhol and other PopArtists' organised in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam in July, August and September 2017. They consist ofe the extensive private collection of mostly screenprints by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and other PopArt artists, media entrepreneur Lex Harding has built up over the decades.
PopArt derived from Popular Art, an art movement that emerged in the sixties in America. PopArt's themes are borrowed from comic strips, advertising, television, newspapers and magazines. Since celebrities like Mao, Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Queen Beatrix and everyday objects, such as soup cans and Coke bottles were used as patterns, PopArt came to stand close to daily life.
"By applying the screen printing (print) PopArt could be incredibly popular," Harding says. "Precisely because of the unrestrained multiplication PopArt became commonplace. Art was thus accessible to a large audience. PopArt made in the sixties and seventies of the last century can be found everywhere today and is still in the spotlight."
PopArt's main exponent is undoubtedly Andy Warhol, followed by Roy Lichtenstein. Many PopArt works are in the first place decorative and hardly have a deeper message. Warhol once said, "If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it." In 2017, it is exactly 30 years ago that Andy Warhol died.
The exhibition does not only show prints, but also how a screen printing (or serigraphy) is achieved, by showing the technique and through photographs of Warhol's "Factory", his studio in New York, where artists and musicians gathered and where most screen prints were created.
An appointment can be made for a guided tour through the exhibition. More information about the Andy Warhol exhibition can be found here.