Andy Warhol: Weird or Wonderful?
My knowledge of the late Andy Warhol; the internationally acclaimed Artist (you know, Andy; the guy who revolutionised ‘art’ by calling ‘art’ a painting of tinned soup?) is very limited. So in an attempt to widen my understanding of Andy Warhol I attended an exhibition in The MAC, Belfast.
I even dressed for the occasion, the right amount of smart with cashz: skinny jeans, knee boots and pin-stripe fitted jacket.
I looked flippin’ good.
Although I was petrifed that someone standing beside me, gazing adoringly at these ‘works of art’ would start a conversation with that dreaded question. The question that every ‘art fraud’ fears: ‘what is your favourite piece’?
Because it isn’t good enough to just point and say ‘that one’ and then scurry in the opposite direction. You have to follow it up with ‘because his use of colour is…’ or ‘because his sense of freedom is reflected so…’ or ‘because his statement is so profound…’.
Without disrespecting his legacy, I have to admit that I struggle to appreciate Andy Warhol’s works. I don’t actually know what I think when I look at his works. I just look. That’s it. I’m not affected in any way whatsoever but that’s the nature of art. It’s a fickle little world. It’s all about perception and interpretation.
And as Andy said himself ‘Art is what you can get away with’.
Although I kinda like the whole Pop-Art portrait stuff. But only sort of. I like them in a commercial sense because of their visual impact but I wouldn’t be overly excited at the thought of having one hanging over my fireplace.
But that’s just me.
I’ve referenced the use of Pop-Art in a design scheme previously; you can read about it here. So, here are a few photos to summarise my day trying to appreciate and understand the works of Andy Warhol. Some with a flash and some without (I was told off twice for using a flash. Mental note: read camera user manual AGAIN).