At the end of this cold winter, I headed to the Seoul Museum of Art to appreciate Andy Warhol’s exhibition under the title of ‘The Greatest -The King of Pop Art, Beyond the Era.’
Andy Warhol is an American artist considered to be a pioneer of the pop art. He was born in August 1928 and died February 1987. Therefore, it has been 22 years since his death but his art is still very influential worldwide.
During his early years, he worked at a magazine doing illustration and advertising. These works are what made him famous. Since the 1960s, Warhol started to make his pieces depicting iconic American products and celebrities, such as Campbell’s Soup Cans, Coca-Cola and Marilyn Monroe and so on.
Not only he worked in the pop art field but also he made films and designed fashion magazines. He published a magazine which was named ‘Interview.’ In this exhibition, you can see many of his magazines’ covers with celebrities you might know; such as Michael Jackson, Meryl Streep and Yoko Ono. Furthermore, on the 3rd floor, you can take a rest while sitting on a small couch and watching Warhol’s film on every side of the room (This exhibition is held on the 2nd and 3rd floors at the museum).
His art pieces, I have seen there, are mainly expressed with silkscreen ink on linen. At that time I was appreciating his collection, I didn’t know about what the silkscreen printing method entailed. I think before you go to this exhibition, it might be helpful for you to research this to find what it is. One more tip for you! If you want to understand his art pieces more deeply, use an audio guide! You can see and listen to explanations of pieces at the same time.
This exhibition consists of 10 sessions. In each small session, you can see one to three quotes from him on the wall. I think these quotes could be another enjoyment while you are appreciating his pieces. (Actually “15 minutes of fame” is one of his famous quotes.) During this change of season, if you want to fill yourself with artistic energy to shield yourself from the cold, I strongly recommend you to go and enjoy the exhibition.