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Letters to Andy Warhol exhibition comes to Dubai

Hand-written letters from pop icons like Mick Jagger and Yves Saint Laurent will be on display

Shreeja Ravidranathan
26 Sep 2017 | 04:40 pm
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What inspired Andy Warhol’s iconic paintings such as the Campbell Soup Cans and the Marilyn Diptych? You can glimpse into the mind of the master of pop art and learn about his personal relationships with cultural trendsetters and celebrities of the fifties and sixties at Letters to Andy Warhol, a travelling exhibition that will run in Dubai from December 8-16. .

The exhibition, which is a partnership between Cadillac and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, will showcase five rarely-seen letters sent to the multi-faceted artist by Yves Saint Laurent, Mick Jagger, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York State Department of Public Works and others. Asides from the letters, the exhibition will also feature five artworks across varying mediums and techniques from different periods of Warhol’s career, that all share Cadillac as the subject.

The exhibition will also showcase artistic contributions from modern-day creatives and influencers such as actor Sienna Miller, Sean Lennon (singer-songwriter and son of John Lennon), designer Zac Pose, athlete and fashion model Aimee Mullins and fashion photographer David LaChapelle, who were inspired by the letters.

Their contributions flesh out and explore recurring themes in Warhol’s body of work such as the blurred line between art and commerce and the hardships of fame.

The exhibition’s stint in the UAE will mark the second time it has been showcased outside of the US.

Venue to be announced soon.

 

Shreeja Ravidranathan

Shreeja Ravidranathan