CHRISTO VS WARHOL: BRILLIANT ART AND ECCENTRIC PERSONALITIES
Kimberly and Carl Weichel, lecturers
Saturday 21 January
COURSE FEES R220
This double lecture will examine the remarkable art of Christo and Jean-Claude, and Andy Warhol, delving into the psyches of these cultural icons, and discussing their eminence in the modern art world.
Christo, with his wife Jeanne-Claude, were eclectic artists renowned for wrapping landscapes and buildings in colourful fabric that turned into epic-scale environmental works. Starting in the late 1960s, their works spanned decades, across continents. Requiring complex technical solutions, they turned mountains, islands, farmlands, museums and bridges into short-lived popular art. Their expansive works were visually impressive yet controversial, often taking years of political negotiation and public persuasion. For Christo, all of this was part of the artwork: ‘For me aesthetics is everything involved in the process — the workers, the politics, the negotiations, and endless construction difficulties’.
Envisage eccentric Andy Warhol and you see Campbell soup cans, portraits of Marilyn Monroe, mind-altering videos, and gender-bending art. Everything Andy Warhol did beginning in the 1960s as portraitist, publisher, publicist or salesman, were components of one boundless work. As head of Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., his work was part performance art, part conceptual art, and part picture of the market world he lived in and that we still inhabit.