The year 1968 was a dramatic one for Andy Warhol, it was the beginning of his legacy, immortalizing his name in the arts. It was also during this year that Warhol opened his exhibition in Stockholm, and the show Warhol 1968 at the Moderna Museet is about to revisit this key event on 15 September.
There’s a reason why he’s one of the most important figures of the 20th century — he changed everything about art. He imbued celebrity culture and advertising to all of art medium, from silkscreening, painting, film, sculpture and photography. His studio The Factory was not just any atelier, it was a hub where creatives of all kinds come to meet. He is more than just the man behind those Campbell cans and Marilyn Monroe diptychs.
How Warhol used the camera was eccentric at the time. For him to be able to produce his silkscreens, he would take photographs of his subjects, mostly with a specific model of the Polaroid camera. Thus, inventing the ‘snapshot’. The quick-and-easy portraits of his visitors and friends have become an iconic aesthetic in art photography, breaking the rules of austere fine art standards carried over throughout time by making fine art photography more accessible.
Get ready to meet Andy and his spectacular pop art in the exhibition which will be open until 17 February 2019.
Images are from the press kit.