Artist Andy Warhol, whose name is synonymous with the Pop Art movement, famously said “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” but his own legacy has lasted much longer than that.
It has been 25 years since he passed away, but people are still familiar with and adore his bold-colored portraits of famous people and his paintings of everyday objects like soup cans. His photo and printing techniques had some of the strongest influences on art in the 1960s, and Warhol was dubbed the founder of Pop Art for his many enduring contributions.
Now the “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” exhibition at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore aims to show what influence Warhol had. It features 260 paintings, drawings, film, sculpture and private collection pieces from the Andy Warhol Museum in the artist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibit is divided into four sections, which cover his early years, the Factory years, his playful use of exposures in photography and some of his final artworks.
Everything is laid out so visitors can understand Warhol’s creative growth. His early years, a decade-long period between the 1940s and the 1950s, are marked by some of Warhol’s blotted line drawings and commercial works. At that time, Warhol was known for his ink images. It was clear that he had a huge interest in more creative imagery, especially in fashion, although he seemed to fond of basic printmaking.
There is a gold leaf shoe, an attempt to build the perfect shoe for women. It was made in the 1950s and is his first attempt at sculpture. The shoe’s style was influenced by the Victorian era.
Warhol’s Factory years marked his transition out of commercial art.
He called his New York studio The Factory because he was interested in repetitive production. Warhol made boxes to try to replicate an industrial factory feel but added an artistic twist. Each of the boxes, although similar-looking, were never the same.
This period is when he made some of the most iconic Pop Art works — the prints of the Campbell’s Soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe.
Visitors can also take a look of the content of Andy Warhol’s private collection of reference materials. The artist liked to collect things that inspired him in boxes. There are more than 100 boxes at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Visitors can see the imagery and magazines (mostly Seventeen) that served as inspirations for Warhol.
And visitors can even have their own 15 minutes of fame at the photo booth in the exhibit. In this interactive part of the exhibition, people are encouraged to play with silver clouds made from helium balloons and enjoy a recreation of Warhol’s foil-lined Factory while watching his avant garde films.
In the Exposures section of the exhibit is a long tunnel where people can see a series of paintings from the perspective of a child. There is also a long, red tunnel visitors can walk through. The goal of the tunnel is to make them able to see a series of paintings at the end of the tunnel from a perspective of a child.
The Andy Warhol exhibition in Singapore is the closest it will get to Indonesia, as it will move on to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing in the next 27 months. The final stop in Asia will be Tokyo in 2014.
Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal
March 17 to August 12
ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Daily: 10a.m. to 10p.m., including public holidays (last admission at 9 p.m.)