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Andy Warhol and his Shadows, at the Guggenheim Bilbao
26 February, 2016
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) in front of the Shadows at the Heiner Friedrich Gallery, New York, 1979 Photo: © Arthur Tress © Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / VEGAP.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Shadows (1977–78) by Andy Warhol, a monumental artwork of 102 large format, silkscreened panels that reflect some of Warhol’s explorations with abstraction through his signature palette of bright and cheerful hues, which characterized a large part of his work. Curator Lucia Agirre is working on the Guggenheim.
The positive and negative imprints of Shadows alternate as they march along the walls of the gallery. Despite the apparent embrace of repetition, Warhol’s “machine method” is handmade and pictorial, emphasizing its irreproducibility and problematizing Warhol’s aesthetic of “plagiarism.”
Each Shadow corresponds to a form that reveals its space with precision and self-awareness, directing the spectator’s gaze to the light, the central subject of the series. By focusing on the shadow to devise light—that is to say, sparks of color—Warhol returns to the quintessential problem of art: perception.
Contrary to his professed emptiness, Warhol’s working process and the “assembly line” of his Factory heralded quite deliberate social and political transgressions.