Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Warhol at the Dali - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

  David McCabe's shot of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí.

Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.
January 18, 2014 - April 27, 2014  

In January, 2014 The Dali will launch a fresh exhibit featuring an important selection of Andy Warhol's work on loan from The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality." explores how Warhol learned from Dali's public visibility and was equally attuned to the images derived from mass culture. This exhibit considers Warhol's little commented on engagement with other artists through his own painting, how he constructed an approach to the image in terms of celebrity and fame, and finally his treatment of painting and image in terms of human mortality.

“What is unusual is the mix of materials including archival photographs depicting  Warhol in the 1950s. You will see both photos of and by Warhol. There are portraits of dozens of artists and celebrities that Warhol worked with, ”explained The Dalí’s Special Exhibitions Curator Dr. William Jeffett. “Visitors will find nine acrylic and silk screen paintings of Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, amongst many other works."

In addition to the variety of paintings, prints, photography and films, a special film installation provides visitors their “15 minutes of fame.” A simulated Warhol screen-test is set to film visitors as they sit in front of the camera for about a minute. The installation harkens back to the film style Andy Warhol experimented with in his days at The Factory. Visitors will be able to capture, save ,and share their “movie” online.

Press release found here
Dali Museum website here
Warhol museum website found here

Both the Dali museum in St Petersburg and the Warhol in Pittsburgh are must see museums.  Both are perfect examples of how to build a modern art museum/organization.  They should also be examples to cities that are looking for ways to attract cultural tourists.  The museums are big draws and that translates to more hotel rooms and rental cars booked, restaurants visited and shops explored.  I can tell you from personal experience when given a choice  of destinations in the North East I have flown into Pittsburgh specifically because I could fit in a side trip to the Warhol museum. GL

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