Warhol and the Shared Subject
Image: installation view
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, USA
December 2008 – February, 2009
Artists: Andy Warhol, Rineke Dijkstra, Douglas Gordon, CS Leigh, and Tony Scherman
The iconic slik-screened portraits of Andy Warhol depicted movie stars, musicians, and luminaries from the worlds of fashion and sports. Yet toward the end of his career, he increasingly took on commissions for portraits of society and business figures. This shift in his output could be aligned to his claim that in “doing portraits, you don’t care who you do as long as you have someone to do.” As a viewer of Warhol’s images it is in the space between the representation of the subject, our existing knowledge of the subject, the artist, and ourselves that the meaning and sense of the portrait is arguably established.
This exhibition considered the nature of this space of meaning as it can be seen to relate to Warhol’s work and into contemporary practices. Throughout the exhibition, social and cultural determinations are evoked and give rise to particularly nuanced perspectives of the notion of how a “shared subject” can exist.