WARHOL IN ROME
The exhibition “Warhol: Headlines” is now a Rome at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, after it has been at the National Gallery of Washington and at the Museum für Moderne Kunst of, Frankfurt.
The show defines and brings together works that the artist based largely on headlines from the tabloid news. Warhol had a lifelong obsession with the sensational side of contemporary news media, and examples of his source materials for the works of art will be presented for comparison, revealing Warhol’s role as both editor and author.
The rich headline motif will be traced through about 80 works representing the full range of its treatment in Warhol’s practice—from paintings, drawings, prints, photography, and sculpture to film, video, and television. A major, yet previously unexplored theme that ran through Warhol’s entire career, the headline encompasses many of his key subjects, including celebrity, death, disaster, and current events.
Wherever one places him, Warhol’s influence is indisputable. His visual vocabulary has become a part of the vernacular from which it originally derived. Even his purported 1968 statement “in the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” has become as ubiquitous as the 24-hour news cycle.