Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Andy Warhol the Influence

By Lu Yawen.

Even though Andy Warhol passed away in 1987, the eccentric artist's works have been very much alive and relevant to be used to profit a business. And 25 years after his death, we even have an Andy Warhol exhibition to look forward to. 
Touring in Asia for the first time is the 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition where we will be treated with a showcase of his revolutionary artwork. While his imagery and paintings are widely popular and commonly seen on clothing, accessories and bags (e.g. Hysteric Glamour's Andy Warhol Collection, Incase x Andy Warhol Spring 2012 Collection), we might not be fully aware of how much his works has changed our perception of art itself.
Andy Warhol's fascination for all things "plastic" and the celebrity culture led him to the topics of mass production and commercialism, where his famous Campbell Soup Cans and Coca-Cola cans came to play. By using everyday normal items, he was able to blur the fine line of what separates art from being just an object. 
Mass production is a topic that never grows old and perhaps has even more relevance in today's over saturated world, an example being Singaporean artist, Jahan's Cherry Poke exhibition last year where he took inspiration from Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Can idea to recreate an Asian version withLychee Cans and Luncheon Meat Cans.
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Andy Warhol has definitely reached the posthumous pinnacle of his career. 
The Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition is showing till 12th August at the Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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