London Life Exhibitions

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery

May 23, 2016

Orangutan

I’m always inspired when I can visit the Halcyon Gallery on Bond Street. You can read about their Chihuly exhibition I blogged about a couple of years ago.

I LOVE Andy Warhol. The gallery presents its very first exhibition devoted entirely to the works of Andy Warhol. Luckily for me, and now for you, they extended it and it will now run until 26 June. You’ll find over 1oo pieces on display. There are the usual suspects, but you’ll also find original works on paper and canvas.

WARHOL ICONS is an exploration of the legendary Pop Art icon’s artistic ingenuity and importance. It’s difficult to take photos when framed in glass (because of the reflection) but here are some of his wonderful images to wet your appetite.

Andy Warhol understood the power of creating visually captivating images with immediacy, and recognised the public’s enchantment with beauty found in popular culture or its presence in the natural world. He portrayed animals facing extinction, drawing attention to the plight of endangered species and providing a voice of warning to his viewers.

The exhibition includes Endangered Species, 1983 – entire portfolio comprising 10 screenprints.

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Butterfly

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Zebra

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Elephant

Probably his most famous work is the iconic screenprints of celebrities.

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Elizabeth Taylor

I actually own a same sized silkscreen print of Marilyn Monroe in these same colours. One of my priced possessions.

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Marilyn Monroe

Entire portfolio comprising 10 screenprints.

In 1986, Andy Warhol combined portraits and objects in a portfolio for the first time, resulting in the series Cowboys & Indians. Here, Warhol immortalised the American West, paying homage to its figures of myth and legend.

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Indian Chief

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
View of portfolio.

The instantly-recognisable packaging present in the Campbell’s Soup I portfolio exemplifies Warhol’s fascination with commercial culture, the mainstream and mass production.

Warhol Icons at Halcyon Gallery // colourliving
Campbell’s Soup I

It’s a beautifully laid out exhibition in a beautiful gallery. It’s also free so make sure you don’t miss out.

© Photography by Tina Bernstein

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4 Comments

  • Reply Alison Sye May 23, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Wonderful, I will try to visit. Thank you because I didn’t know about this exhibition before reading your post.

    • Reply tina May 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      It’s really beautiful. I love the gallery anyway. I think you’ll like it.

  • Reply Anya J May 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    OHH I would adore seeing this exhibition. Looks brilliant – colourful and so Andy 🙂 Shame it ends before we are over in July.
    Hope you are well Tina. I am writing from a different email, as I have finally jumped ship and moved everything to WordPress. So exciting!
    Take care and see you soon,

    Ax

    • Reply tina May 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      What a shame….
      Wow! Congratulations. Glad you finally made the jump.
      See you soon.
      Tx

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