Go See-Basel: “Andy Warhol – The Early Sixties: Paintings and Drawings 1961-1964″ at Kunstmuseum Basel through January 23, 2011

November 12th, 2010

Big Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Vegetable Beef)
(1962) by Andy Warhol, via Kunstmuseum

Currently on view at the Kunstmuseum Basel is “Andy Warhol – The Early Sixties: Paintings and Drawings 1961-1964,” an examination of the formative period of Warhol’s work as a painter and a graphic artist. Following a period of some success in advertising design and greeting-card illustration in the 1950s, Warhol began increasingly to explore the medium of painting in non-commissioned works. The seventy-some objects on view in this exhibition explore a transitional period in which the artist expanded and enhanced his methods of pictorial expression. It was during this time that he opened his studio to a synthesis of differing media and ideas, established the Factory, and began working in music and film.

More text and images after the jump…

Ginger Rogers
(1962) by Ginger Rogers, via Kunstmuseum

Andy Warhol, Green Disaster, 1963. Photo via Swisster.

Andy Warhol, Large Flowers, 1964. Photo via Swisster.

Andy Warhol, Yellow Liz, 1963. Photo via Swisster.

In the early 1960s, Warhol infused the academic language of painting with imagery from the media and consumer culture, questioning traditional boundaries between personal artistic production and collective creativity. The exhibition highlights these developments by including works produced both before and after the period in question.

Double Elvis (Ferus Type)
(1963) by Andy Warhol, via Kunstmuseum

Selected works demonstrate his use of principles of repetition and seriality, in particular his technique of seriagraphy: a technique which enabled him to transform photographic originals directly into large-format paintings.

Andy Warhol, Do it Yourself Flowers, 1962. Photo via Swisster.

Optical Car Crash
(1962) by Andy Warhol, via Kunstmuseum.

The exhibition features around seventy paintings and drawings, including important works from the Kunstmuseum Basel’s permanent collection, loans from private collectors, and international institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

For details on the market’s continued demand for Warhol’s work, read the AO summaries of Phillips de Pury, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s recent Post-War and Contemporary evening sales.

Related Links:
Exhibition Page [Kunstmuseum]
Kunstmuseum Basel Exhibition Focuses on Formative Period of Warhol as a Painter [Artdaily]
Key to Understanding Any Warhol on View in Basel [Swisster]

-R.A. Proctor