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The Andy Warhol exhibition opens in Fresno this weekend | Entertainment

Opening Saturday, February 5, 2022, the Fresno Art Museum will host Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop, Works from the Bank of America Collection.

The exhibition will remain open until June 26, 2022. Featuring 94 works of art spanning forty years of photographic screen printing, the exhibition includes portfolios and individual prints by Warhol, beginning with iconic works from the mid-1960s through ‘to a series of monotypes created in 1985. While many works were made in the 1970s and 1980s, their subject matter – iconic people, trends and issues – reflects Warhol’s decades-long process of reflecting the American popular culture.

Warhol was known for transforming photographic imagery (from rather mundane still lifes of fruit to portraits of comic book characters, celebrities and endangered species) through color, design, form and multiples. Due to the endless possibilities of printmaking, Warhol’s portfolios contain a wide range of techniques, from collage and drawing to the use of diamond dust and color variation. The prints illustrate the many aspects of Warhol’s art, including his skill as a colourist. In the last series, Warhol experimented with the process of screen printing to create complex surface layers.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the 20th century. Filmmaker, photographer, painter, commercial illustrator, music producer, writer and even model – Warhol was a true radical in his approach to art. The extent and importance of his influence have made him one of the most important artists of our time. He challenged the traditional boundaries of artistic practice, blurring the lines between art, business and life. He transformed everyday life into art and art into a way of living everyday life, by collecting, documenting, reproducing, experimenting and collaborating with the people, places and things around him. Warhol’s enthusiasm for life was matched only by his love for methods of capture. He loved the framing device – the camera, the screen print, the empty box, the tape recorder, the shopping bag, the telephone – as much as the content he framed.

Perhaps Warhol’s greatest innovation was that he saw no limits to his practice. His pop sensibility embraced an approach to all things art, appropriating images, ideas and even innovation itself. Warhol achieved fame through his work in many types of media, including painting, sculpture, film and publishing, but printmaking has always been central to his art and his way of seeing the world. Through prints, Warhol explored the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced imagery and popular culture.

“The arts matter, and Bank of America recognizes the value that museums and exhibits bring to the local economy and to building cultural connections in the community. We are therefore very pleased to be able to lend our Andy Warhol collection to the Fresno Art Museum, one of our long-time partners who will soon be able to exhibit these iconic works to the public,” said Mark Riley, President of Bank of America Fresno/Visalia.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the Art in our Communities program, according to a press release.

Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program was established in 2009 to share the company’s art collection with the widest possible audience.