THE PAINTING FACTORY: ABSTRACTION AFTER WARHOL
The Painting Factory takes an unlikely place to find the future of abstraction and puts it on the walls of one of America’s most popular museums. Andy Warhol’s studio may seem like the last place that abstract art would move from a place of reduction to a cavernous expansion, but that’s exactly what it was; when Warhol began refocusing on painting in the late ’70s, those around him in his Factory began making moves that would change the face of art forever.
Artists like Christopher Wool, Rudolf Stingel, and the other artists of the last two decades have seen Warhol’s influence, and taken aspects of Pop, Minimalism and the concept of the machine, introducing them to the process of abstract expression. Find details for the show below as well as a blurb from the MOCA site:
Ironically, one of the places where this fresh approach to abstraction was germinating was the studio that might seem the farthest from the practice of the abstract tradition, Andy Warhol’s Factory. The Factory was a haven for all sorts of brilliant artistic misfits, but was also a laboratory where the historical and contemporary innovations in art and culture could be remixed and reconstituted. Especially after Warhol refocused on painting in the late 1970s and 1980s with series like Shadows, Oxidations, and Rorschachs, he transformed pure abstraction into an impure product that opened up new directions. He thrived on the increasing confusion between high art and progressive popular culture and the challenge to conventional methods of painting by the techniques of mechanical reproduction. These confrontations simultaneously undermined and expanded the accepted approaches to painting.
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Show runs: April 29th-August 20th, 2012