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ANDY WARHOL AND THE CELEBRITY CULT
Gallery Talk with Associate Curator Rebecca Hart
Friday November 23
7:00 pm Gallery Talk - Contemporary Galleries
7:30 pm Reception - Ancient Middle Eastern Gallery
8:30 pm Friday Night Live - Rivera Court
Free and Open to All: To RSVP for this event please click "register" above
It's more fun with friends!
Join the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art for FOURTH FRIDAYS FOR FRIENDS - an opportunity to enjoy in-depth discussions about contemporary art, attend private receptions hosted by FMCA, and delight in the DIA's fabulous Friday Night Live performances.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987),Self –Portrait,1986, Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Fund for the Visual Arts, Inc., ©2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Andy Warhol’s obsession with celebrity manifested itself in many ways and is most revealing in his self-portraits. This 1986 version presents the artist as spectral: his neon blue head, shock of hair, and paint splatter appear as a disembodied, free-floating mask or scull. Made at a time when many of Warhol’s friends were dying of AIDS this canvas was considered a harbinger of death. David Bourdon, a friend, critic, and one-time studio assistant commented that these works are “a memento mori, an unblinking, unsentimental view of a hurriedly approaching mortality.” The DIA is fortunate to have a magnificent painting from the rejected series on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, while our two iconic Self-portraits (1967) are at the Metropolitan Museum as the signature works in the exhibition Considering Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. The 1986 Warhol self-portrait will be on view through April 2013. Contemporary curator Rebecca Hart will discuss the 1986 “fright wig” self-portrait, Warhol’s cult of celebrity and his sense of mortality.
Sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and JP Morgan Chase
Friday Night Live in Rivera Court
Pianist Lisa Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate established their reputations individually as new-music interpreters through their work with the Bang on a Can All Stars. The two have formed TwoSense, a duo devoted to performing the latest works and commissions by contemporary composers and 20th century literature for cello and piano.
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