‘Pop is everything art hasn’t been for the last two decades. It is basically a U-turn back to a representational visual communication, moving at a break-away speed in several sharp late models.
It is an abrupt return to Father after an abstract 15-year exploration of the Womb.
Pop is a re-enlistment in the world.’ – Robert Indiana for the ‘What is Pop-Art’ Interview series with Gene Swenson 1963-64.
Considered as an intrinsic member of the Pop-Art movement, Andy Warhol moved to New York in 1949 where he quickly became recognized as a commercial and publicity artist.
He began to exhibit his own drawings in the 1950s and in 1960 he produced his first canvases depicting comic strip characters.
Today he is remembered for his silkscreen prints, including his repeated Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe portraits.
During this time, the silkscreen printing was an industrial process mainly used for wallpaper.
It was perfect for making mass-produced art about a mass-produced world.
These works came to define the accessible art movement in the Sixties known as the Pop-Art movement.
Curiously enough, his flower series—that blossomed in 1964—departed from his initial interest in pop culture, consumerism and commercialism.
And even though today this series is an irrevocable part of his oeuvre, the subject matter, at that time, was an acute turn from his usual focus.
Andy Warhol’s Flowers series is a portfolio of ten screen prints based from photographs of hibiscus flowers shot by Patricia Caulfield, which were featured in the June 1964 issue of Modern Photography magazine.
Warhol altered the original photograph, by flattening and cropping the flowers and adding vibrant, contrasting colors. In the same year, the prominent Leo Castelli Gallery organized his first major solo show where he chose to fill the gallery with diverse versions of his Flowers.
In 1970, Warhol produced his Flowers portfolio, which is comprised of 10 prints, all with varying compositions.
The silkscreen process naturally lends itself to experimentation with respect to color and layering, and Warhol experimented with both.
He used different color schemes and painting on the hibiscus flowers, from vibrant pink and orange to all white in the next print. In some of the prints, he deviated from the original template by creating shadows of multiple flowers through several silkscreen prints.
At Arthouse, we are thrilled to exhibit 10 prints of Warhol’s Flower series. Featured in the lobby of building two.