Art News: Michele Del Campos Exhibition in London & Andy Warhol ‘The Last Decade’ at Brooklyn Museum

21 Jun


Italian artist Michele Del Campo’s new paintings in a second London solo show ‘Close Strangers’ at The Mark Jason Gallery in London opens July 28 and runs through October 27, 2010.

Del Campo’s vibrant, uplifting, energetic, expressive paintings are pure observations of people and the world they live in whether walking in the street or relaxing on a warm Mediterranean beach.


Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Encompassing nearly fifty works, the exhibition reveals the artist’s vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. It was a decade of great artistic development for him, during which a dramatic transformation of his style took place alongside the introduction of new techniques.

Ten years after an acquaintance, Valerie Solanas, attempted to assassinate Warhol, he created a series of self-portraits. The self-portraits of 1978—his first in more than twelve years—reveal Warhol, who had just turned fifty, in a period of self-examination, reflecting on his mortality. Here Warhol stages his own strangulation in an image (below) that suggests his previous near-death experience and confirms his obsession with the subject of death.

The Rorschach paintings feature totemic forms of intricate design that evoke deep mysteries lurking beneath the surface.

The Swiss dealer Bruno Bischofberger commissioned a set of collaborations from three leading artists of the 1980s, each from a different generation. To begin, each artist was given a set of canvases, which were then circulated to the others so they could add their contributions. In this painting we see Warhol’s yellow, screenprinted flower in the center overpainted with Clemente’s faces, and finally a layer of Basquiat’s white screened designs, which give the painting its title.

The show will run till September 12, 2010 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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