Friday, 24 March 2017

The Whitworth, Andy Warhol Exhibition

So, if you've read my previous post, you'll know that yesterday I headed to my local art gallery in Manchester, The Whitworth. When I say local, I literally mean that it is opposite my flat and is only a two second walk; with this being the case I've been meaning to go and check it out for about six months now and I've just never gotten round to it. As it was such a lovely day yesterday and as I heard that there was an Andy Warhol exhibition going on, I just knew that I had to go and check it out before it finishes. The gallery itself is soo lovely; its got the right balance of historic architecture as you'll see in my photos of the exterior but it also has such gorgeous contemporary aesthetics as well. The gallery is actually situated in Whitworth Park which means that there is an amazing view from the glass cafe. This gallery actually turned out to be one of my favourites that I've visited as it was just so quirky and dainty, with so many different twists, turns and stairwells leading you to what felt like a never ending array of art; I'm definitely going to be paying it many more visits in the future.

Besides, the gallery itself being so lovely, the Andy Warhol exhibition was equally as amazing. I had an absolute whale of a time just roaming around and admiring all of his work of which I have always been a huge fan of. After visiting one of his exhibitions in Tate Liverpool a few years back, I didnt expect this exhibition to be as good as it was in such a smaller, less well known gallery but, it definitely exceeded my expectations. The exhibition was full of so many of my favourite Warhol pieces including 'Gun' (1981), 'Electric Chair' (19640 and 'Self Portrait Strangulation' (1978). Warhol is one of my favourite artists partially due to the controversy of his work but also because his work is symbolic of so many political and social issues. As mentioned above, two of my favourite pieces are 'Gun' and 'Electric Chair', both of which were part of his Death and Disaster collection; a theme that became more prominent throughout his work following his near death experience in 1968. The 'Electric Chair' particularly strikes me as it captures the event of the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg during The Cold War (For those of you who don't know, The Cold War has always been my favourite part of History to study). This piece captures the height of political tensions during this period of time in a morbidly artistic way and I absolutely love it.

Before I get too caught up in my admiration of Warhol's work, I'm just going to leave it there with how mind blowing and how influential both he is as a person as well as his work. He is genuinely an artistic genius in my eyes and his work is of paramount significance. Below, is a small compilation of some of the photos I took on my little trip to the gallery yesterday so you guys can share the experience too. 


If you want to go and check out the exhibition, you've still got time; the Andy Warhol exhibition is going to be open until April 16th. I definitely recommend that you go and check it out, the work is amazing!

The Clueless Blogger

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