“Warhol: El Arte Mecánico” highlights the way in which Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 – New York, 1987) captured the cult of merchandise that emerged from the industrial inventions of the 19th century. Always attentive to technical and industrial progress, Warhol used all kinds of techniques and machines, from serigraphy to video recorder, with productive patterns that he himself defined as “typical of an assembly line”.
This mechanical art, seemingly impersonal, cynically denies any intentional spiritual charge. The nihilistic silence of Warhol is in fact one of the factors that give poetic height to his work. Along with a selection of essays written by theorists of his work, the exhibition includes a section of portraits of the artist, taken by photographers such as Alberto Schommer, Richard Avedon or Robert Mapplethorpe.
- Andy Warhol, Self-portrait, 1986