Young. Low-cost. Witty. Sexy. And again, according to the historic definition given by the British artist Richard Hamilton, massproduced and a prolific source of business: Pop Art, with its emblematic entertwining of glamour and commodification, represents one of the most valuable expressions of the ebullient postwar America. A fluorescent, mechanical, voyeuristic form of art, which Andy Warhol, a symbol of the unrestrained American dream himself, incarnates as its leading, magnetic figure. From the obsessive reproductions of glazed Hollywood stars to the chicken soup cans, from the skulls turned into lilac and mint green icons to the floral stereotypes, up to the late reinterpretations of Renaissance frescoes, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue gather more than 160 surprising works, coming from the rich Brant Foundation, Connecticut. Warhol retraces the sparkling career of a master of contemporary art: as venerated as his Marilyn, as controversial as his Mao, and as universally famous as Coca-Cola. Published to accompany an exhibition at Palazzo Cipolla, Rome, from the 18th of April to the 28th of September 2014.
Peter Brandt is an avid collector and advocate for the arts, he is the founder and president of The Brant Foundation, located in Greenwich, CT. He is also owner and chairman of Brant Publications, publisher of Interview, the magazine founded by Andy Warhol in 1969. Francesco Bonami is an internationally renowned art curator and writer; he is currently the Artistic Director of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin.
Andy Warhol, the man who died twice by Francesco Bonami An interview with Peter Brandt by Tony Shafrazi Catalogue of the works, Andy Warhol biography by Chiara Savino