A place to see and where to be seen.
The exhibition Andy Warhol Forever presents sixteen of the most iconic pieces by Andy Warhol from the Rosini Gutman Foundation; it is a quick but explicative recount of the adventures which managed to shake the foundation of painting and criticism in the academic world of the late twentieth century, as well as change forever the image of America and contemporary society.
The location, situated inside the Gallery Hotel Art, proposes two portraits from the series dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, which Warhol completed in 1962, shortly after her tragic demise. Warhol understood the symbolic value of life and violent death of the actress, and helped contribute to an icon that will go down as a legend.
Next to Marilyn, there is a screen print from the edition Ladies and Gentlemen, the series where Warhol to portrayed the faces of ordinary people and not only entertainment icons. In this context, the artist decided to use drag queens of the New York club, The Gilden Grape, as models - a hot topic and not easily absorb at the time.
Images reflecting consumerism are in abundance, the strongest example being the famous Campbell's Soup Cans. Here they are featured in their classic 1967 edition, the unique 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo design, and the “disposable” cotton papered Campbell Soup Dress.
The exhibition continues with the analyzation of his more peculiar work, such as the reproduction of the Kiku, better known as the Japanese Chrysanthemum. This flower represents both the emperor and imperial house of Japan and the re-visitation of seventeenth-century natural death. These concepts were calculated and realized as real living patterns, playing and experimenting with the use of graphic art shadows. The genius of Warhol's pop perspective is known as Space Fruits.
The exhibition closes with a series of works by Steve Kaufman, including three portraits of James Dean, a silver print of Elvis Presley, one of Marilyn and other pop icons.