Review of Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

This is a review of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern.

I went to see Andy Warhol at Tate Modern, Bankside, London on 1st November 2020.

Tate Modern used to be a power station; there was a massive concrete ramp leading to the Turbine Hall. The entrance in my opinion was quite exciting. The long escalator leading to other escalators showed how big the gallery actually was.

In the exhibition they had: silk screen prints, installations, drawings, films and photographs. The silk screen prints and the films were new art forms for me. 

My favourite works were four huge screen printed skulls. I liked it because half of the skull was in shade; this made it look 3D.

cc5cea677e29867d1efef477b19f9ab463f52e68.pngSkulls 1976

I also liked this work because he used the same photographic image, but each work had different colours. I enjoyed the fact that he mixed photography with painting, but I couldn't work out how he made the prints. I talked about it with my mother and grandfather who were with me. We eventually found out that this was the process:

  1. He bought a skull.

  2. He had someone photograph the skull.

  3. The photograph was transferred using light sensitive paint onto the mesh of the screen.

  4. The bright paint was applied first, then the photographic image with ink.

I did a drawing inspired by one of Andy Warhol’s artwork of an elephant (not included in the exhibition).

39f748e8c930e61aa24c005b8a67dccbd836938e.pngMy elephant 

One of the installations which was eye catching was a lot of pillow-shaped, helium, silver balloons; they were called “The Silver Clouds”. Warhol said they were "paintings that float".

Overall I think it was a good exhibition as it is inspiring and it shows you new art forms.

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Luca Colizzi

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  • Georgia Steele

    On 14 February 2021, 16:07 Georgia Steele commented:

    I really like Andy Warhol’s artwork and I would love to go to this show, I also liked your piece and thought that it was a great interpretation of Andy Warhol’s work in general.
    This is a great review,
    I think that you might also like Michael Craig Martin as he did pop art as well.

  • Maia Franke

    On 15 February 2021, 17:57 Maia Franke commented:

    I really enjoyed reading your review which made me want to see this exhibition myself. I found it especially interesting to read your description of the skulls screen printing process. Your drawing of Warhol's African Elephant print is impressive and I like it that you drew something from the artist's "Endangered Species" portfolio - which I searched for information about after reading your review and seeing your picture as I was intrigued! I like discovering new art forms, too, and I also liked the idea of the Silver Clouds balloons as "paintings that float". Thank you for writing and sharing this review! Maia

  • Emrys Green

    On 20 February 2021, 15:29 Emrys Green Voice Team commented:

    This sounds like it was a really good eclectic exhibition. I am glad you found something you really liked with the skulls and its fantastic that you found out how it was created - wonderful to unearth ideas and processes you can bring to your won work.

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