Art of the Year - 1966

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Art of the Year - 1966

The 1960’s was one of the most important decades in 20th-century art. Among the Pop artists who emerged in the early 1960s, none is more noted or synonymous with the movement than Warhol himself.

The 1960’s was one of the most important decades in 20th-century art. Styles and movements that arose during this time include Pop Art, Op Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Performance Art and Arte Povera among countless other styles and movements.

Self-Portrait, Andy Warhol, Silkscreen on canvas, 1966.

Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait was constructed in one of the artist’s signature styles—a grid of bright, repeated silkscreened portraits. Among the Pop artists who emerged in the early 1960s, none is more noted or synonymous with the movement than Warhol himself. He sought an objective alternative to Abstract Expressionism with the aim to clarify and simplify art, making it look as if anyone could have created it. To this end, he borrowed images from American popular culture and celebrated ordinary consumer goods, as well as depicting the likenesses of famous people he knew, and at times, he also served as his own subject. Warhol’s self-portraits further cultivated his fame, becoming as well-known as his iconic celebrity portraits. Ultimately, the artist himself became a celebrity in his own right.

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Luc Tuymans, Flemish Village 1995.  Collection MuHKA, Antwerp

Luc Tuymans, Flemish Village 1995. Collection MuHKA, Antwerp

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