The museum's director Wim Beeren purchased 'The Kiss' in 1979 because he believed Warhol, 'represented par excellence the relationship between the media and art'. In the 1960s Warhol began to make silk screen paintings in which a single image was repeated several times. This scene from a vampire film is printed against a silver background, referring to the silver emulsion used in film and photographic negatives and the so called 'silver screen' of cinema.
frank arling asked
What is the signifigance of this work comparing it to other works of Warhol?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Dear Frank, we could write a whole book on this question! But here's a 'short' answer: In the 1960s Warhol began to make these kinds of silk-screen paintings, mimicking the commercial methods of mass production. Warhol’s adaptation of the silk-screen technique established his revolutionary contribution to both art history and contemporary art. Warhol favored a mass-produced, machine-like look over visibility of the artist’s hand. Warhol was also very interested in the cult of celebrity; the subjects he chose are often iconic images from the world of film (here we see the actor Bela Lugosi), music and art. Warhol’s silkscreen paintings reflect America’s obsession with celebrity and tragedy, in a world more and more defined by popular mass media. The museum's director Wim Beeren purchased 'The Kiss' in 1979 because he believed Warhol, 'represented par excellence the relationship between the media and art'. Best, Tanja van Oostrum
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|Title||The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)|
|Material and technique||Silkscreen on canvas|
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Depth 3.5 cm
Width 536.5 cm
Height 207.5 cm
|Accession number||2984 (MK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1979|
|Age artist||About 35 years old|
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Silkscreen print > Stencil screen printing technique > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||The United States of America > North America > America|
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Pittsburgh 1928 - New York 1987
Warhol was trained as a graphic designer at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. In 1949 he settled in New York where he worked as an advertising...Bekijk het volledige profiel