Warhol Prints from the Collection of Marc Bell
This major installation of over one-hundred silkscreens includes the artist’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans, Dollar Signs, Flowers, and the remarkable portraits of Chairman Mao as well as the Wizard of Oz. All of these magnificent works come from the collection of Marc Bell, who has gathered a most enduring and unforgettable statements in art.
The exhibition is a high energy installation of iconic images filling the gallery walls. For Warhol, screenprinting offered vast reproductive possibilities and did much to foster a renaissance of printmaking in America in the mid-20th century that has only grown stronger in the intervening years. As Warhol said of his artwork, “I tried doing them by hand, but I find it easier to use a screen.”
Without question, Warhol was the dominant figure of the contemporary art scene in the twentieth century. He found the celebrities and objects of popular culture and made them resonate as powerful icons. He was the supreme commentator of a media-saturated consumer society in which status, celebrity, and branding are driving forces.