La Casa Encendida

Warhol on Warhol

23 Nov 2007 - 20 Jan 2008


In the words of the project curator Estrella de Diego, "One of the main aims of the exhibition is to show the different techniques Warhol used and exhibit them, above all, as sort of preparatory drawings, using repetitions of images in different formats to emphasise Andy Warhol's narrative formula, his way of narrating the world, always in the same way, by means of the camera, photos, stitched photos, Polaroids, photo booth strips, films, paintings. Warhol on Warhol is an attempt to show a Warhol little known to the Spanish public, a Warhol who at every step ¿ as revealed by his modus operandi ¿ transfers the 'authorship' to any willing beholder: to you yourself".

The exhibition will feature more than 200 items from institutions, private collections and galleries, including, for example, the very delicate Polaroids rarely exhibited and acetates on public display for the first time.

In addition, the mezzanine level will display audiovisual documentation about the artist in a programme entitled "Acerca de Andy Warhol, Documentos, Retratos y Documentales" (Documents, Portraits and Documentaries About Andy Warhol). This selection offers an insight into Warhol as seen by his contemporaries. Most of the films are by well-known film-makers from the experimental scene of the 1960s, such as Willard Maas, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, and Steina and Woody Vasulka. All of these were regulars at the Factory at that time, filming events, exhibitions and every-day scenes with Warhol and his entourage of superstars. Completing the programme are two more recent documentaries that look at Warhol¿s life and work from his early days in the fashion world to his premature death in 1987.

An Andy Warhol film festival is also scheduled to take place, during December and part of January. Twenty-two films by the US artist will be screened, including titles such as Sleep, The Chelsea Girls, Vinyl, The Velvet Underground and Nico, or Empire.

About Estrella de Diego
Estrella de Diego is History of Contemporary Art Chair Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research has focused on the theory of art, surrealist art, Pop art and modern Spanish and American art.

From 1987 to 1989, she was a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and became the first woman to hold the prestigious King Juan Carlos I of Spain chair for Spanish Culture and Civilisation at the Juan Carlos I centre at New York University. She has also taught at universities in the US, Latin America and Europe, and during the first semester of 2002 was a guest lecturer of the Ford Foundation at Illinois University at Urbana-Champaign.

The author of many publications including works of fiction and essays, her books and articles include: La mujer y la pintura en la España del siglo XIX (Cátedra, Madrid, 1987), El andrógino sexuado. Eternos ideales, nuevas estrategias de género (Visor, Madrid, 1992); Tristísimo Warhol (Editorial Siruela, Madrid, 1999); "Representing Representation. Reading Las Meninas, Again", Velázquez¿s Las Meninas, 2003, Cambridge University Press; '¿Ser pintor o ser Duchamp?' Dalí, Warhol y el conflicto autobiográfico en la sociedad meditática", Dalí. Cultura de masas M.N.C.A.R.S. (Madrid), Salvador Dalí Museum St. Petersburg (Florida) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam); and Querida Gala, Madrid, 2003.

She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the following: Spanish Art Spanish Prints in the Eighties (Spanish Institute, New York; Danforth Museum (Mass.) and Meadows Museum (Dallas) (1991); Los cuerpos perdidos. Fotografía y surrealistas, "La Caixa" Foundation, Madrid and Barcelona, (1996); Russian Symbolism, "La Caixa" Foundation, Madrid, Barcelona and Bordeaux (1999-2000); and the Spanish pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennial (2001).

Exhibiting artists include, in addition to Andy Warhol: Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Brigid Berlin, Leila Davies Singelis, Otto Fenn, Fischer, Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, Marcus Leatherdale, Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe, David McCabe, Fred McDarrah, David McDermott and Peter McGough, Duane Michals, Ugo Mulas, Helmut Newton, C.O. Paeffgen, Philip Pearlstein, Perich, Richard Pipes, Fairfield Porter, Timm Rautert, Stephen Shore and Jane Wilson.

Participating institutions are: Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson; Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, New York; Merce Cunningham Dance Company Archive, New York; MUMOK, Vienna; Musée Saint-Etienne Métropole; Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Sonnabend Collection, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; The Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Also taking part in the exhibition are galleries including Bruno Bischofberger Galerie, Zurich; Cheim&Read, New York; Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam; John McWhinnie Gallery, New York; Kleindienst Galerie, Leipzig; OvoWorks Inc, New York; Pace MacGill, New York; Robert Lococo Fine Art, Saint Louis; Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; Sotheby's, London; Staley-Wise Gallery, New York; The Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles; Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York; and 303 Gallery, New York, in addition to many private collectors.

Tags: Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Merce Cunningham, Salvador Dalí, Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jonas Mekas, Duane Michals, Ugo Mulas, Helmut Newton, C.O. Paeffgen, Philip Pearlstein, Timm Rautert, Stephen Shore, Andy Warhol