Art 473 – Dr. Robert Tracy
April 28, 2009
Flowers, 1967, by Andy Warhol
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art showcases the finest examples of painting, sculpture and other impressive work by some of the world’s most influential and renowned artists. The current exhibition of Classic Contemporary: Lichtensein, Warhol and Friends is an exhibit that features important paintings and sculpture by major contemporary artists, primarily from the 1960s and ‘70s. Andy Warhol was at the forefront of the Pop Art movement; Pop artists portray clearly recognizable objects from everyday world and the mass media. Warhol’s Flowers, 1967, silkscreen on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, is included in the exhibition. Flowers were quite an inspiration for Warhol time and again. “Flowers in art and culture have been ubiquitous since the beginning of recorded art history,” says Smith. “The floral theme wasn’t any more exhausted when Warhol was doing it than when 17th-century Dutch painters or the Impressionists were. But Warhol was sly; he was always playing with traditional art historical themes” (Frey).
Andy Warhol, 1925-1987, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. Warhol is famous for art that defied all standard definitions of ‘art’. He was well known for mass-producing the hallmarks of his work. He called his studio The Factory and insisted on the appropriateness of others producing his work, for which he used mainly photographs, often news photographs, which he printed in multiples by the silk screening process. Silk screening is a method of printing on a porous fabric, the portion of the design to be reproduced is left unblocked on the screen; than the screen is placed above the surface to be printed on, than the paint, or dye, is forced through the screen. Warhol appropriated most of his images and repeated these images numerous times; Warhol had a fascination with repetition, perhaps created by our compulsion to find an exception or rogue element in...
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