Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol MediumPop Art with Andy Warhol Exhibition at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Opening Reception and Open House October 5, 2012 

Patrice Shields

Andy Warhol’s infamous statement, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” becomes ironic when applied the artist himself.  This pop artist’s fame and impact on the world of contemporary art has far surpassed the quarter hour mark to span a quarter of a century.  In the 1960’s, Warhol turned the art world inside out by elevating common objects into iconic works of art, giving birth to what is known today as the “Pop Art Movement.”

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs celebrates the artists eternal 15 minutes of fame with their fun and interactive Pop Art with Andy Warhol” exhibition which opens on October 5, 2012 and runs through January 5, 2013. 

The opening reception takes place from 6:00-8:00p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012. The evening is free and open to the public and will feature live abstract artworks in music and dance and opportunities for visitors to create their own abstract imagery at unique ‘Creation Stations.’

This unique and interactive exhibition featuring the whimsical spirit of the art of Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement is composed of three parts:

  • The Silkscreen Studio. Here visitors can try a variety of art-making techniques used by pop artists, including silkscreen printing, stamping to make repeat patterns, and making objects using die-cutters like Warhol’s famous Brillo Boxes.
  • The Factory.  Visitors can dress up like the characters they see in some of the Warhol artworks, play with toys like those collected by Warhol, and learn more about art and Andy Warhol through books and video installations.
  • The Gallery.  Here visitors can view examples of Warhol’s iconic prints like “Marilyn Monroe,” and learn about the life of this unusual artist.

Throughout the exhibition the Center for the Arts offers Free Saturday Family Activity Days from 1:00- 3:00p.m.  Activities feature a mini-lecture of the exhibition, and a variety of artistic ‘Pop Art’ projects for children of all ages and families to create and take home.

“So, as the question goes, why Andy Warhol and Pop Art?” asks Susan Bridges president of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  “Well, Andy Warhol was an accomplished advertising illustrator and graphic artist before he became well known as a Pop artist and celebrity.   The focus of our exhibition, two years in planning, is to feature the whimsical side of his artworks and his ideas.  His work is fun, entertaining and speaks to a number of ideas that at the time were even controversial.  For example, take any one of his pop art, mainstream, commercial-like images of products, people or places.  Questions asked are as often about the objects themselves as the fact he made art about them.  For example, a product so simple as a bottle of Coca-Cola.  Andy made suggestions like ‘the President drinks a bottle of Coca-Cola, Elizabeth Taylor drinks a bottle of Coca-Cola, I’m drinking one, and the panhandler you just gave a dollar to went into a store, bought one, got his change and he’s drinking one.  Regardless of who it is, it’s the same, we’re all equal.  Or, why should it be that in museums, the artwork that’s in them is just for those special, enlightened people.  Art is everywhere, everything and for everyone.   Fun things to think about while looking at Andy’s bright colors, entertaining imagery.”

The appeal of Pop Art and Warhol’s work is universal and continues to command attention with both popular culture and discerning collectors.  The Warhol foundation is selling several of his pieces through Christie’s Auction House, includes “Three Targets,” a large horizontal black-and-white canvas of paint and silkscreen depicting three targets with gunshots; which is expected to sell for $1-$1.5 million.  Campbell’s has turned the tables on Warhol’s packaging genius by introducing a special-edition can of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist’s paintings.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has forty-five of Warhol’s works on display for their “Regarding Warhol,” exhibition which runs through December 31, 2012.

The “Pop Art with Andy Warhol,” exhibition is generously sponsored by the Sansom foundation and runs from October 5, 2012 through January 5, 2013.  The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is open Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m. and on  Saturday from 1:00-4:00p.m.  For more information contact the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989, or visit them on line at  “Pop Art! The Andy Warhol Studio” is circulated under the auspices of the children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

If You Go

Who:    Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What:   “Pop Art with Andy Warhol,” Opening Reception & Campus Open House
When:  Friday, October 5, 2012; 6:00 – 8:00p.m.
Where: The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida
Cost:    Free




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