“I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there.” – Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol once claimed that throughout all his work persists a theme of death and mortality. However, his work seems to directly challenge this finite view of human existence. Almost three decades after his death, Tate Liverpool’s Transmitting Warhol exhibit proves that Warhol’ s legacy and artistic message are not only relevant, but even prophetic.
From November 7 to February 8, the exhibition Transmitting Andy Warhol has been on view at the Tate Liverpool Museum and has received tremendous reviews from the art world. The exhibit guides the viewer through Andy Warhol’s career, opening with one of his most iconic pieces- his 1964 Flowers piece. Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans line the walls of the museum, along with his famous Brillo Boxes. Ironically, these now priceless works of art contradict Warhol’s original intent for his “pop art” work, in which he attempted to democratize art by creating mass-produced commercial images that were accessible to everyone.
Transmitting Andy Warhol is truly a multimedia experience, and in this way demonstrates how Warhol transcended the strictly visual sphere of art. The Transmitting Andy Warhol exhibit recreates the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the club which Warhol created to showcase the music styling’s of The Velvet Underground. As a “total art” event, live dancers and underground house and experimental techno artists perform at special night viewings of the exhibition.
The show’s installation illustrates how Warhol potentially prophesized the modern digital age. The exhibit showcases Warhol’s films Sleep and Empire, which are said to have anticipated reality TV and possibly even social media. In his review of the exhibit, Alastair Smart of The Telegraph claims that Warhol is “right up there with Orwell” in his ability to prophesize modern day’s techno-centric society.
Leave it up to England, a modern country rooted in a deep, long-standing history, to beautifully demonstrate the visionary and eternal nature of Warhol’s work.