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andy warhol back to naples
ANDY WARHOL BACK TO NAPLES
From April 18th to July 20th, 2014, the PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli hosts the exhibition
"ANDY WARHOL. STOREFRONTS "
Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and organized by Spirale d'idee in collaboration with the
Department for Culture and Tourism for the City of Naples.
The exhibition brings together 180 works and pays particular attention to the relationship that bound
Andy Warhol to Naples, born in the mid-70s thanks to his friendship with the Lucio Amelio and
Mario Franco. The exhibition runs, in fact, through the portraits of well-known personalities of the
city, that met during his stay in Italy. Among the artists there are Graziella Lonardi Buontempo,
Ernesto Esposito, Peppino di Bernardo, Salvatore Pica, and Joseph Beuysartist, and of course in
addition to Neapolitan views of its Neapoliroid. Thank to his friendship with Lucio Amelio, the
artist produced his well known headline word, "Fate Presto" (Hurry Up), based on the titled that
appeared on the newspaper Il Mattino on the 23rd of November of 1980, when an earthquake took
place in Irpinia area. The destructive violence of the event impressed the artist.The event inspired
Warhol that a few years later creates a new series of works, Vesuvius, where the image of the
volcano, one of the classic theme of Neapolitan iconography, is obsessively replicated in different
colors. "For me, the eruption - explained Andy Warhol - is a shocking event, an extraordinary event
and also a great piece of sculpture ... Vesuvius for me is much bigger than a myth: it is a very real
thing. " The exhibition presents the series Ladies and Gentlemen of 1975 (aalong with their acetate
and polaroid) and the drawings created by the artist from Wilhelm von Gloeden's photos (1978)
bought by Lucio Amelio. The historical Marilyn series of and the one signed in by Warhol with the
words "this is not mine" (Marilyn this is not by me), the artist had numerous partnerships with
record labels, singers and musical groups, signing covers absolutely rare already in the late '40s and
other early entries in the history of rock.
Andy Warhol, Vesuvius 1985 acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas 230 x 300 cm Capodimonte
National Museum, Naples © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts inc. by SIAE 2014
The title of the exhibition, Storefronts, was born from the idea to insert four spaces in the exhibition
of the same name, which collect the dialogue never interrupted by Warhol with the commercial
world of record companies, the luxury shops of Madison Avenue, retail supermarkets, the
merchandising or cultural tourism, so that the series Golden Shoes, made in the mid-50s - when
Warhol worked successfully as a commercial artist and window dresser - accompanied his
transition from artist to everyone on behalf of the star system. Hence the presence of "Storefronts
sections" with silkscreens of Campbell's soup, the "boxes-sculpture" and t-shirts designed by Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in accordance with the will of the artist, who had followed
his dream of popularity through the serial multiplication of their works, in an unprecedented
competition
with
industrial
production techniques and the rules
of retail.
The exhibition traces the nodes of an underlying empathy between the underground and mixed
multiracial, beautiful and damned of the American metropolis and the magmatic popular creativity
of the historical capital of the Mediterranean. A land poised between death and rebirth, drama and
comedy, artistic and cultural riches kitsch and junk, which again is manifested as Torn Curtain on
the interior of the contemporary scene.
ANDY WARHOL. STOREFRONTS
Naples, PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli - Palazzo Roccella (Via dei Mille 60)
April 18th - July 20th 2014
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, Sunday from 9.30am to 2.30pm.On Tuesdays
the exhibition halls on floor I and II will be close.
Admission: € 8,00 full - reduced € 4.00 (children aged 6 to 17 years) - € 5.00 students. Children
under 5 years free. Family ticket 4 admissions: € 17.00
For more information, please call
081 3630018
Catalogue: Silvana Editoriale (www.silvanaeditoriale.it)
Press
CLP Public Relations
Marta Paini, tel.
02 36 755 700
marta.paini @clponline.it; www.clponline.it
Press release and images
www.clponline.it
Press Pan
Domenico Annunziata
Press Officer City of Naples
Tel 0817954575
ufficio.stampa@ comune.napoli.it
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