This Andy Warhol Exhibition Is Landing In Manchester

Warhol Multiple Selfies

Dust off the specs, crack out the white hairspray and pop (!) down to Oxford Street - the works of Andy Warhol, pioneer of the selfie and creator of some of the most expensive paintings ever sold, are coming to Manchester this month...

Almost 30 years after the death of the artist famed for his surreal self-portraits, the Whitworth is hosting a special display of Warhol's works, to be ogled for absolutely free, from 19th November 2016 until 16th April of next year.

Warhol Self

The pieces are taken from the Artist's Rooms collection, which is owned jointly by the Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and tours contemporary art to institutions across the UK. 

It includes 232 of the artist's works and marks a return to the gallery for Warhol's work, which has previously been seen on display in M15 way back in 1980.

Pop art movement

Warhol died in 1987 after having led the revolutionary 'pop art' movement, which involved incorporating ideas from his work as a commercial illustrator into sharp, colourful pieces, which he began to display in galleries in his native New York throughout the 1950's and 60's, gaining worldwide recognition.

"Art is what you can get away with"

The man who famously quipped: "Art is what you can get away with" courted controversy throughout his life, and even (barely) survived a murder attempt at the hands of a disgruntled fan member of his entourage in 1968. Critics viewed his use of branded items in his work, such as Coca-Cola and Campbell's Soup, as a "capitulation to consumerism."

Warhol Campbells Soup

Andy Warhol at the Whitworth Gallery

Despite this, aspects of Warhol's work have over time become symbols of cultural criticism and discontent with the political establishment in post-Vietnam USA - he managed punk group The Velvet Underground and created striking pieces such as Dollar Sign, Camouflage and Gun, which will be on display in Manchester this month.

Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth, said: 

"We're tremendously excited to have this new exhibition of Andy Warhol at the Whitworth."

"Apocalyptic in tone, it highlights the significance of Warhol as a visionary artist, predicting both the rise of the selfie and the failure of the American Dream."

The Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol Exhibition opens at the Whitworth Gallery on November 19th. See here for more details.

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Written By

Alex Moss