Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fright Wig Fantastica!

So yesterday I went to the Baltimore Museum of Art to see their Andy Warhol: The Last Decade exhibit. It was impressive to say the least. The museum, which is usually free of charge (a great deal for us intern/student types), charges a $15 fee for admittance to the new exhibit and it is worth every penny.

The Warhol exhibit showcases his later works, after Mr. Warhol moved from movies back to painting and silk screens. Of the 50+ large scale works in the collection, there were some later pop-art works, his 'Rorschach' prints, pieces from his 'Shadows' collection, collaborations with graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat, 'Fright Wig' screen prints and his last major 'The Last Supper' works; which some would say are sacrilege but I thought they were pretty interesting.
Warhols 'Fright Wig' silkscreen print courtesy of The BMA
My favorite part of the exhibit (or the part that caught my attention the most) were the Oxidation pieces... Warhol would stretch linen over frames and create a background with metallic based paints, then he would allow guests and various people around the factory to urinate on the linen canvases. URINATE! The effect, when mixed with the metallic based paints created an oxidized coloration on the base paints giving an almost Pollock effect to the paintings. The works cannot go unnoticed, especially once you learn how they are made.
Warhol's 'Oxidation' courtesy of
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