Calling all art lovers – especially pop art – to get ready to witness works of one of the pop art icons, Andy Warhol. Arts AlUla has just announced their latest collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, to showcase ‘FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla,’ which encompasses an array of paintings made specifically for Al Maraya. The exhibition will be a part of Arts AlUla Festival which was inaugurated just last year but nevertheless, reflects the history of a city which “has been a place of artistic exchange for thousands of years, acting as a historic crossroads for successive civilisations.” The mission is to revive and magnify their rich heritage that is embedded with art and culture internationally through various collaborations and activations with multiple artists and organisations around the globe.
The Executive Director of the Arts and Creative Industries for Arts AlUla has stated “in homage to a heritage built by diverse cultural perspectives, Arts AlUla will present FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla as part of a long term vision of spectacular and multicultural arts initiatives. We aim to drive an era of cultural exchange, including exhibitions that feature the most important regional and international artists from the mid 20th century to the present day.”
The renowned artist was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement, and gained huge recognition in the 1960s due to his ability to curate artworks that were relevant to contemporary pop-culture and celebrity culture. The eminent artist was known for his distinct technique which encompassed silk-screening, which was utilised in his famous paintings ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ and the several Marilyn Monroe paintings ‘Marilyn Diptych’ and ‘Shots Marilyn,’ where the same portrait was printed several times to reflect the culture of mindless consumerism in America. FAME will feature a range of artworks of Hollywood legends who were the pinnacle of success in their respective fields like: Mohammad Ali, Dolly Parton and Elizabeth Taylor among others, alongside rare photographs and drawings that will allow attendees to get an insight into Warhol’s art process and studio. Additionally, the guests will also get a chance to participate in talks and workshops that will allow them to learn more about silk-printing.
The exhibition will open on the 17th of February, 2023 so keep an eye out for more details here.