Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Andy Warhol

The latest buzz on Lake Charles' arts scene is the arrival of the Andy Warhol exhibit, "Celebrities," currently at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, through March 3rd. The show features 15 silk screen prints of some of Warhol's beloved celebrities -- Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor . . . Mick Jagger is my personal favorite. I also enjoyed reading some of Warhol's quotes, interspersed between the prints.

My idea of a good picture is one in focus and of a famous person.

I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.

Wasting money puts you in a real party mood.

It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger.

Then he substantiates all the above by saying . . .

I am a deeply superficial person.

And of course there's his most "famous" quote . . .

Everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.

I wonder why he was so fascinated by celebrity?

Pittsburgh is home to the Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh. He attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1949.

Before my family moved Louisiana, I took my sons to the Warhol Museum. For some reason, I most remember the room filled with silver mylar helium balloons which Warhol thought looked like clouds. I also recall the many magazine covers he created. Then there was the room where you had to be 18 or older for admittance. Obviously, the boys and I didn't see that part of the museum.

Pittsburgh readers, have you been to the Warhol? What did you think?


Jan Rider Newman said...

Just out of curiosity, how do you pronounce "Warhol"? I hope to make it to the showing.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Jan, I've always heard it pronounced war-hole, with the accent on the first syllable. His birth last name was Warhola. Not sure why he changed it.

Jess said...

We went to see the Warhol exhibit. I was disappointed his Elvis piece wasn't there. :( If you go, study the Mao Zedong pieces. Go to the far side of the room and compare them from a distance. The way he did Mao's eyes is fascinating--changes the guy's expression in each pic.

Glad we got to go.

Chris Baldauf said...

I can't wait to go to the show. Warhol isn't my favorite artist, but I always support local efforts to civilize the swamp people.

scott davidson said...

As an artist myself, I enjoy reading Philip Koch's sensitive writing about Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, who along with Whistler and Rothko, are my favorite American painters.
I don't live in the United States but have traveled and passed a short time there. But even with the little time spent in your beautiful country, especially in small-town America, I can relate to some of the poetical feel that Hopper and Wyeth had captured in their art, which is for me part of the attraction of their paintings.
Browsing at the other day, as I do now and then, I find a good selection of Edward Hopper's work, ,in the big archive of Western Art, that customers can order online for canvas prints and even hand-painted, oil-painting reproductions can be made and sent to them.
Hopper's surrealistic and depersonalized world is there again. Timeless, yes, as it is still there now in the roadside cafes and diners that I ate at all over America.