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