5 Reasons to Andy Warhol be famous again
Andy Warhol it is so popular now why? Suddenly,Andy Warhol it's everywhere, whether in documentary series' (The Andy Warhol Diaries on Netflix and Andy Warhol's America on the BBC), plays (The Collaboration at the Young Vic in London) and at major auction houses (Painting of Marilyn Monroe sold at Christie's in May). We believe that there are striking resonances that are fueling the rebirth ofAndy Warhol hallmarks of our contemporary times. Discover the five links here.
1. Queer Icon
The famous Silver Factory became a space forAndy Warhol embrace the swish by hosting a motley crew of LGBTQ+ contributors, many of whom are immortalized in Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side. The Ladies and Gentleman portrait series celebrates the beauty and diversity of New York's gay scene by showcasing drag queens and trans women like Stonewall Riots activist Marsha P Johnson. This inclusive vision ofAndy Warhol communicates with a new generation of LGBTQ+ youth inspired by prominent queer icons, from Olly Alexander to RuPaul.
2.War and Death
The 1960s were marked by Russian tensions and the violence of war. In the Death and Disaster series ofAndy Warhol, the pop artist used the silkscreen technique to reproduce newspaper images as source material (plane crashes, poisonings, race riots and suicides, to name a few). The repetitive screen-printing process had the eerie effect of a kind of aestheticized post-traumatic stress disorder, evoking a desire for apathy in times of tragedy. Currently, we live in difficult times that make us easily connect with these works.
3.COVID-19 and “Gay Cancer”
Nearly half a century before the Covid-19 crisis, New York emerged as the epicenter of the AIDS crisis. In the 1980s,Andy Warhol he lost many friends to the disease and expressed his daily terror in his diary. At the time of AIDS, newspapers referred to the disease as "the big C", widespread categorization of the disease as "gay cancer". The latest works byAndy Warhol, incorporated articles about the AIDS crisis, as if it were some final act of religious or ironic restitution.
4. "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." — Andy Warhol
He rose to fame in the early 1970s hanging out with stars at Studio 54, many of whom were portraits in his works, including Mick Jagger and Liza Minnelli.Andy Warhol understood that visibility is the key to fame: being seen in the right place with the right people at the right time. In an interview in 1968,Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone would be entitled to their 15 minutes of fame. Many people say that the pop artist anticipated the likes of Kim Kardashian, as well as the instant fame of ordinary people made possible by viral moments on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.
5. Affirmation as an Artist
TheAndy Warholl Diaries presents us with a deeply flawed human figure, but frighteningly far removed from the robotic printing machine it so desperately sought to be. It seems that, in contemporary times, the person behind the art is just as important – if not more so – than the art itself. If later, the talent ofAndy Warhol as an artist, the public currently affirms his talent.