Neel’s muse was the legendary Brigid Berlin, a friend and collaborator of Warhol, who provided her with the polaroids that she recurrently made to the artist, always prepared for a timely photo.
Wasteful and excessive it was common for Berlin to need money to feed his gluttony or to buy amphetes. Then, without much thought, he would pick up a few dozen Polaroids with the image of Warhol posing as a Christ in deposizione and go down to Union Square Park, where he offered them to passers-by , at five dollars a unit.
Warhol’s exhibition is the most comprehensive of the last twenty years in the UK and some portraits are exhibited after decades in private hands. In addition to his silver clouds, his 16mm films and the classic portraits of everyone known, curators Gregor Muir and Fiontan Moran have emphasized.
The artist’s American and queer identity , and which he transferred to his series of portraits of gentlemen and ladies Hispanic and African American trans (ladies and Gentlemen ) “. In the video offered by the museum’s website
personal details and documents from the time when the Warhola family arrived in New York from a small mountainous town in present-day Slovakia stand out; his 1950s drawings, when he was not yet a celebrity, photographs and psychedelic shows created at the Factory, such as the predecessor Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1967).
Warhol kept and recorded everything. Every morning he wrote and recorded what he had experienced the previous day, his work sessions with his troupe or when he portrayed tycoons (big fish) and celebrities .
The machine never stopped; That is the motto of their factory: “Making money is art, working is art, and good business is the best art”. The historian John Richardson defined it as a ” recording machine “. What the analog era gave us that the digital one does not take away from us
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