January's exhibition at DIFC treats us to works from some of the world's big hitters
January 22, 2015
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Andy Warhol - Bald Eagle from Endangered Species (1983)
Born in Pittsburgh in 1928, Andy Warhol began studying art at an early age and graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949. He then moved to New York and started work in advertising, where he displayed his talents as a draughtsman and illustrator. Towards the end of the 1950s, attentive to the “return to figuration” that was taking place in New York, Warhol began making works that drew on everyday life: cartoons and consumer products. He lent these works a serial logic, which is perhaps his greatest contribution to the history of art. In 1962, Warhol participated in the Nouveaux Réalistes exhibition with key figures such as Roy Lichtenstein and Yves Klein. The show marked the beginning of the Pop Art movement. Warhol would go on to produce some of the most important and recognisable works in the late twentieth century.
In 1983, Warhol produced a portfolio of 10 different screen-prints for the series Endangered Species. He based all the images on other photographers’ pictures, to which he added his own idiosyncratic finishing touches. “Bald Eagle” is a particularly vibrant example from this series.