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20 Revolutionaries of the 20th Century: Andy Warhol – Pop Art as Vanitas

Irina Kulik
September 4, Sunday

Limited seating available, arrive early to ensure availability

Since Duchamp, the ‘value’ of art has been constantly questioned. As the importance of the concept behind a work of art began to eclipse issues of production and technique, new questions arose concerning the role of the artist. Most important of these questions was: In what ways was the art world lacking before Duchamp, and subsequently others, entered the scene? Joseph Kosuth posed this question and many others in his seminal text Art After Philosophy (1969). Using Kosuth’s essay as a starting point, this series of lectures looks at 20 key artists of the twentieth century who contributed to the revolutions and counter-revolutions that nurtured contemporary art.

The seventh focus of this series is Andy Warhol (1928–1987), one of the leaders of American Pop Art. As an artist, writer, producer, director, designer, record producer and printmaker, Warhol’s talent, combined with his scandalous personal life, turned the artist into a living idol, and his cult of personality remains as strong today as it was 50 years ago.

Irina Kulik is an art critic, culture theorist, lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the MKhAT studio school in Moscow, columnist of Kultura newspaper and author of numerous publications on contemporary art, music and cinema.

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