Andy Warhol, Online Exhibition
Revealing his masterful grasp of the simple line drawing, his great capacity to find endless variations of a single theme, and his conceptualisation of art made for reproduction, this special body of work represents stage one of Warhol's fascinating career. Warhol's 'Factory' working process, usually associated with his work of the 1960s, was already underway in these early works - with the text usually transcribed by his mother, and watercolour applied by friends at the colouring parties Warhol would host.
As the recent major museum retrospectives would suggest, Warhol's work feels more relevant now than ever. As social media platforms have made the artist brand an even stronger machine in the twenty-first century, Warhol's own manner of self-promotion, his use of Polaroid photography and his understanding of the fleeting nature of celebrity seems remarkably prophetic in many intriguing ways.