Andy Warhol (1928-1987) depicted the world with the volume turned up. Employing a seemingly endless palette, his work has challenged our perceptions of popular culture, politics, and consumerism for more than fifty years. Warhol was the central figure of American Pop Art, a genre that emerged in the late 1950s in reaction to the heroism of Abstract Expressionism. For Pop artists, social and political turbulence coupled with unprecedented consumerism meant that art was no longer about the persona of the heroic individual artist, as it had been in the years immediately following World War II. Warhol and his contemporaries sought to eradicate the notion of the “genius artist” and downplay the role of originality in art, adopting mechanical means of generating images, such as screen-printing, which theoretically allowed for an endless production of images. In drawing inspiration from the rapidly changing world around them, Pop artists sought to be more inclusive in their subjects, and more aware of the day-to-day conditions of contemporary existence.
Spanning three decades of Warhol's career, In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking features some of the artist's most iconic screen prints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial Electric Chair portfolio. Drawn exclusively from the rich collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, In Living Color is divided into five sections-experimentation, emotion, experience, subversion, and attitude. In each, Warhol's work is placed in conversation with other artists of the postwar era who use color as a tool to shape how we interpret and respond to images.
Organized by the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Installation photos for the "In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking" exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville. Photo credit: Thomas Hager
Exhibition photos for the "In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking" event at MOCA Jacksonville. Photo credit: Thomas Hager
- MOCA Showcases Work of Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, other Printmakers - The Florida Times-Union
- Arts Notes: Printmaking now the focus at MOCA Jacksonville - The Florida Times-Union / Jacksonville.com
- The Power of Printmaking at MOCA Jacksonville - Press Release
- Exhibition Information - Jordanschnitzer.org
- In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking - MOCA Jacksonville