Warhol’s cir­cus

Kuala Lumpur gets a snapshot of Andy Warhol’s ge­nius.

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SIN­GA­PORE’S the Ryan Foun­da­tion will be pre­sent­ing the Andy Warhol: So­cial Cir­cus ex­hi­bi­tion in Kuala Lumpur. The show, which starts to­day, will take place at Slate @ The Row till Sept 18.

The free ad­mis­siom ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 50 works from Warhol’ s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer and life.

This show, ex­hib­ited early this year at Art Stage Sin­ga­pore, will show­case ar are col­lec­tion of Warhol po­laroids, fea­tur­ing ac­tors, artists and fash­ion de­sign­ers from the 1970 s/80ssuc has Warhol him­self, An­dre Leon, Bianca Jag­ger and Martha Gra­ham to name a few.

This ex­hi­bi­tion is cu­rated by Sin­ga­porean art col­lec­tor Ryan Su of the Ryan Foun­da­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also in­cludes loans from pri­vate col­lec­tions and gal­leries to il­lus­trate Warhol’ s di­verse work, in­clud­ing his fa­mous silkscreens.

As part of the ex­hi­bi­tion, vis­i­tors can cre­ate silkscreen prints just like how Warhol did in his stu­dio The Sil­ver Fac­tory in New York.

“I ex­pect vis­i­tors to take away a sense of a we when they see Warhol’ s di­verse and ex­pan­sive artis­tic prac­tice ,” saysSu, the found­ing di­rec­tor of the Ryan Foun­da­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion spans two floors at Slate @ The Row. Start your jour­ney on the first floor by view­ing orig­i­nal Po­laroids taken by Warhol him­self–in­clud­ing por­traits of Bianca Jag­ger ( Mick Jag­ger’s wife at that time), and ev en a self- por­trait ( or “selfie”) in his trade­mark sil­ver wig and black sun­glasses. Po­laroid s were an in­te­gral step in his cre­ative pro­cess as they formed the ba­sis of his com­mis­sioned por­traits – all thanks to the Po­laroid cam­era’s more- than- per­fect ef­fect of con­ve­niently leav­ing out blem­ishes and im­per­fec­tions in the age be­fore Pho­to­shop.

Vis­i­tors will get a chance to get up close and per­sonal with Warhol works such as the

Saint Apol­lo­nia and Chair­man Mao silkscreens.

Sun­day B. Morn­ing( Andy Warhol re­pro­duc­tion) works from the1980s are also part of this show, with re­prints of Warhol’ s

Flow­ers se­ries, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Chair­man Mao print edi­tions, which can be viewed on the sec­ond floor.

An­other high­light in Kuala Lumpur is the Sil­ver Room which pays homage to the in­fa­mous“Sil­ver Clouds” from the Sil­ver Room. It recre­ates a ni mme rs ive, cre­ative yet play­ful en­vi­ron­ment that is sig­na­ture Warhol.

Back in 1966, Warhol cre­ated the Sil­ver Clouds – rec­tan­gu­lar, pil­low- shaped bal­loons made from met­alised plas­tic film and filled with he­lium. This came at the point in time when Warhol was bored of paint­ing and wanted to make short films. He needed to find a way to end his paint­ing phase, and re­alised that the only way to do so was to cre­ate a “paint­ing” that floated away. Com­bined with his lov e of silv er, he filled th­ese “paint­ings” with he­lium and let them float out of his apart­ment.

“Peo­ple, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, are now ex­posed to the life and work of Andy W arhol through so­cial me­dia, but there is a dearth of in­sti­tu­tions and col­lec­tions in Asia where they can see W arhol’s art up close and per­sonal. W e fill that v oid and hope to en­thuse v isi­tors about art when they see the

tour­ing show. The trav elling show is de­signed as an ‘ In­sta­gram par­adise’ and this is one art ex­hi­bi­tion where pho­tog­ra­phy is en­cour­aged. I ex­pect v isi­tors to hav e fun at the show,” con­cludes Su.

The Andy Warhol: So­cial Cir­cus ex­hi­bi­tion is on at Slate @ The Row, 52, Jalan Do­raisamy in Kuala Lumpur till Sept 18. Daily: noon to 8pm. Free ad­mis­sion. It is part of Di­verseCity KL 2016 - Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val. More info: di­versecity. my.

— Ryan Foun­da­tion

The Sil­ver Room, which pays homage to the in­fa­mous Sil­ver Clouds, is part of the Andy Warhol: So­cial

Cir­cus ex­hi­bi­tion in KL. It recre­ates an im­mer­sive, cre­ative yet play­ful en­vi­ron­ment that is sig­na­ture Andy Warhol.

The Andy Warhol: So­cial Cir­cus ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing snapshot of Warhol’s in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with his celebrity friends – and the look he wanted from them for the pho­tographs. This po­laroid, taken by Warhol, is a por­trait of Bianca Jag­ger.

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