Just to put it out there, I am not an artist by any means of the word. If you give me a pen, pencil, or paint brush, the most I’ll be able to muster up is the world’s most intricate stick figure. However, I truly appreciate the mission of art galleries and museums and what they mean to the creative world. So whenever I travel, I sincerely try to integrate visiting a museum or art exhibition into my itinerary. This does take a little bit of planning because I like to research what exhibits are in the city I’m visiting and see if it’s something that interest me. More often than not, I can “experience” an entire collection online during my researching, but there’s something exciting about viewing a collection in person to get a true sense of its magnitude.
This go around, I headed down to Atlanta to visit a good friend of mine. As you probably guessed, I made sure he knew that if nothing else, we were going to the High Museum of Art to check out the Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Growing up, I knew absolutely nothing about art and didn’t really understand much of what was being taught in class as I did not have a vested interest in anything ranging from Medieval to Contemporary art. In retrospect: silly me. But Andy Warhol made art fun for me. For the first time, there was representation in art that I recognized. He was instrumental in the pop art movement and let’s be honest here, we all came to know and love Andy for his silkscreen technique and the various colors he showcased his work in.
When I saw that some of his collection was being displayed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, I had to make it a point to go. The Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation can be seen from June 3 through September 10, 2017 at the High Museum of Art. The exhibit originated at the Portland Art Museum thanks to the big man art collector Jordan D. Schnitzer. It encompasses over 250 works (that’s over 4 decades worth of goodness) from Andy himself. The exhibition focuses primarily on Warhol’s [almost] exclusive use of silkscreen processes, repetition and, print-making to make his ideas come to life. Through his art, it is blatantly obvious that he had a knack for taking political and civil issues of the time and representing it a way that all persons can relate to. It forced people to deal with these issues of politicalism, sensationalism, pop culture, and scandal because his art was so highly publicized and visible to all. The cool thing about all of this is that a lot of the themes Warhol put into his art are still relevant today.
Hope you guys enjoy the photos I was able to snag while at the museum. Leave a comment below if you were able to check it out!