Warhol / Mauro Press Release

31 Jul 2012

Groundbreaking exhibition bringing together unique Andy Warhol silkscreens and carefully selected prints, alongside new work by Mauro Perucchetti.

Halcyon Gallery presents an unparalleled exhibition showcasing rare and original work by the legendry Pop Art icon, Andy Warhol, and critically acclaimed contemporary artist, Mauro Perucchetti.

The exhibition at Halcyon’s flagship gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, sees the two artists’ works displayed alongside each other, encouraging a dialogue between their work. This silent communication serves as a testament to the historical importance of Warhol’s artistic developments and ingenuity, and highlights Perucchetti’s playful, yet mocking, response to the artificial exclusivity of the consumer society in which we live. 

Presented to the public for the first time, Warhol’s Silver Liz and Double Elvis are two of the artist’s most valuable works, both created during the summer of 1963. Silkscreen portrait studies of Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley pay tribute to Warhol’s obsession with celebrity culture and are excellent examples of work at the height of the artist’s career.

Perucchetti will launch a brand new Iconic Slab series which incorporates several of his recognisable icons – a Jelly Baby, a heart-shaped grenade, an AK47 – beautifully cast in colourful, solid resin panels that explore the artist’s strong views on cloning, war and politics, society and self-evaluation.

Aesthetically, this exhibition is a visual feast but more importantly, the duality of Warhol and Perucchetti exemplifies Pop Art in its many evolutionary forms. Warhol created a revolutionary movement in art and culture, elevating the status of the every-day consumer and the cult of celebrity. Perucchetti reacts to consumer society through his work, challenging his audience to consider themes of death and destruction, sex and addiction, asking the viewer to question the limits of excess.

Warhol/Mauro offers an insight to Pop Art then and now. Offering both obvious and subtle parallels between the two, the exhibition is a mesmerising journey between the origin and potential destination of this genre; an explanation of where Pop Art began and how it will continue to develop and expand.

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