Andy Warhol goes to northern England for the first time


Tate Liverpool displays 100 pieces of the “King” of Pop Art in an unique exhibition.

The Tate Liverpool exhibition of one of the most prolific and influential artists of the post-war period opened on 7 November, marking the first major solo exhibition of Warhol’s works in the North of England.

Transmitting Andy Warhol has opened at Tate Liverpool (photo: Facebook)

Transmitting Andy Warhol (photo: Liverpool Echo)

The artist was the pioneer and protagonist of American Pop Art, an art movement which combined items from popular culture such as news, commercial sources, advertising and comic books, with unrelated material. The result was a visual culture which rejected elitist art trends considered aesthetic for everyone.

Andy Warhol pop art egg paintings (photo: Glen Wood NYC)

Andy Warhol, 1928-1987 Dance Diagram 1 (photo: Fad Website)

While displaying the works of the most influential figure in contemporary art and culture, the ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ exhibition highlights how the artists “transmitted” his iconic pieces and disseminated his works around the world while exploring his new approach to art and visual representation.

The display includes paintings, his television commercials, fashion illustrations, posters and many other pieces as part of his collection of famous works, which focus on everyday items and features portraits of iconic figures such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

Andy Warhol is best known for his portraits, such as those of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe (photo: Third String Goalie)

In order to make art public, he challenged the traditional boarder between high and low culture by using everyday consumer objects as subjects such as the Campbell’s soup cans painting with the motif repeated on a large scale.

Campbell’s soup cans by Andy Warhol (photo: Le Livre Scolaire)

During the 1960s, he abandoned painting to focus his efforts on making prints and films while expanding his interests in publishing, fashion, printmaking, broadcasting and creating designs for celebrities from the world of film, music and art.

The ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ exhibition will run until 8 February.