The exhibition \'All Yesterday\'s Parties. Andy Warhol, music and vinyls (1949/1987)\' depicts the role threat the work of Andy Warhol played in music.
Jun 9, 2016
Even though album cover design has long been considered a secondary form of art, in Andy Warhol's case his relationship with rock bands, with their sound and way of life, were primary aspects in the development of his work in particular and pop art in general.
Curated by F. Javier Panera, the exhibition 'All Yesterday's Parties. Andy Warhol, music and vinyls (1949/1987)' traces a genealogy of the relationships between art and popular culture in the second half of the 20th century through more than 200 items, including album covers, books, magazines, posters, photographs, prints, drawings, films, video/installations, song videos and several objects and documents related to the artistic universe of Warhol for more than four decades.
Between 1949 and 1987, Warhol signed more than 60 covers of records of -among others- The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin or Debbie Harry. But he also used music as a thematic axis of his work, contributing an iconography, muses (his portraits of popover and rock stars like Mick Jagger, Diana Ross or Debbie Harry are memmorable) and concepts (like serial printing and the appropriation John Cage did for his works).
Andy Warhol directed and produced videos for bands like The Cars or Curiosity Killed The Cat, and even shot a program for MTV. All these works can be now enjoyed at the Room 3 of the Contemporay Art Museum of Castilla y León.
Andy Warhol is part of the first generation of artists whoeducated themselves from their youth on by listening to pop and rock music, and, through his work, ' one could write a history of the musical tastes of the United States from post/war to the last years of the 80s, from classical music to opera and ballet, and through jazz, minimalism, experimental music, rock, pop, soul, disco music, punk or the new wave'.