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Lighthouse ArtCenter Presents Blockbuster Pop Art Exhibit: WARHOL! WARHOL! WARHOL! Of Rarely Seen Originals, Plus Hyper Realism Porcelain Sculptures By Ray Gross, A Pop Art Jewelry Sale, And James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy

The Lighthouse ArtCenter (LAC) opens 2022 with WARHOL!WARHOL!WARHOL! Open NOW through March 23, 2022. The exhibition is a celebration of pop art that includes rarely seen originals by Andy Warhol; ceramist Ray Gross‘s pop-art sculptures including a life size Harley-Davidson; a Pop Art Jewelry Show & Sale; James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy show of patented Thurmanite art; and Ethical Metalsmith’s Mini Radical Jewelry Makeover. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. We’ve always said that LAC is a prominent jewel in southeast Florida’s cultural crown. Don’t miss this!

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive      Tequesta, FL 33469

561-746-3101

 

 

 

CELEBRATE    POP   ART !

 

 

 WARHOLWARHOLWARHOL!

&

Ray Gross Pop Art Porcelains

 

NOW   thru  March 23, 2022 

 

 

Free admission for members        $5  for  nonmembers

For more information: lighthousearts.org/warhol/

 

 

Curator, Janeen Mason tells The Rickie Report, ” In recent years the gallery has brought Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, Nick Cave’s renowned Sound Suits, and Kara Walker’s Sugar Babies. We’ve curated exhibits showing Clyde Butcher’s iconic photos of the Everglades and Edie Widder’s first photos ever takeoff a giant quid alive.  We’re keeping this trajectory of excellence with Warhol!Warhol!Warhol!”

 

Warhol!Warhol!Warhol! (Spencer Gallery) brings over 20 pieces of rarely seen original Andy Warhol art on loan from Beth Rudin DeWoody and Marshall Fields’ private collections. Andy Warhol, arguably the most famous artist in the last 100 years was an artist, director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  This exhibition gives locals and visitors the opportunity to view this iconic artist’s work in person.  Although original Warhol pieces will not be for sale, the other “Pop Art Inspired” work on exhibit in the Schorr Gallery will be available for purchase.

 

 

 

Ray Gross Pop Art Sculpture (Schorr Gallery) is a homage to Warhol’s Pop Art and includes a life-sized Harley Davidson made of porcelain.  Ray is a celebrated ceramist who is known for his hand-built, hand-painted, hyper-realistic porcelain sculptures.  His art depicts 3D items of everyday Americana, including utilitarian art objects such as paint cans, tubes, brushes, pencils, and other artist tools that have seized the attention of collectors, and have been installed in public and corporate spaces.

 

 

 

 

Also on display is a juried Pop Art Jewelry Show & Sale featuring over sixty one-of-a-kind Warhol-inspired necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, and broaches created by artists from across the country.

 

 

 

James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy show includes over 30 contemporary pieces of jewelry and sculptural objects by talented national and international artists.  Paper Alchemy is a traveling exhibition of artwork that utilizes Thurman’s invention of handcrafted material created entirely of layered recycled paper and eco-resin, Thurmanite.

 

 

 

A mini version of Ethical Metalsmith’s Radical Jewelry Makeover features upcycled or broken jewelry that has been repurposed and designed into unique “new” pieces of jewelry.

 

“Art is what you can get away with.”-Warhol

The meteoric rise of Warhol in brief…

Andy Warhol arrived in Manhattan in 1949, carrying a portfolio filled with artwork from his days at Carnegie Institute of Technology and it wasn’t long before a family friend introduced the 21 year old to the art director at Glamour magazine.  This shy kid with patchy skin and a slight build had artwork that was entirely unlike the polished pieces she normally used.  Tina Fredericks gave him his first freelance job creating fresh illustrations to be used in ads for I.Miller shoes.

 

Warhol grew up in WWII Pittsburgh, the steel town that considered itself the backbone of America, and given this opportunity to work with Glamour Magazine, his work ethic went into overdrive.  He bore down on his future with ink and a brush, and painted for eighteen hours a day.

 

Destined to make a name for himself in the city, Andy’s commercial art career flourished when he reliably delivered high-quality designs ahead of schedule. But, it took over ten years for him to cross over from low to high art. It was 1962, when his first gallery show displayed the 32 iconic paintings of Campbell’s Soup.  One for each flavor.  The collection originally sold for a total of $1,000, by 1987 the soup cans claimed a page in history when they were purchased by MOMA for $11.7 million.

 

At the Carnegie he’d been taught to appreciate commercial art as well as fine art.  Although Warhol did not invent the Pop Art movement, he certainly joined it in the late 50s and 60s when he made popular culture the focus in his original paintings.  During a long stretch of his career he used silk screen as an unorthodox medium to create highly controversial, yet wildly collectible prints of Marilyn, Mao, and Elizabeth.  His later provocative pieces like the Death and Disaster pictures, made the art world practically apoplectic, and the fame that resulted, coupled with his childhood obsession for movie stars, gave rise to a celebrity conscious alt-society that filled his inner circle. Luminaries, including politicians, movie stars, and more than one heiress flocked to him for attention.

 

In a recent New York Times article, Alice Cooper claimed that although he knew Warhol from the Manhattan club scene, they weren’t friends.  “Warhol’s group was too weird for me.” Cooper said.

 

In 1967 Warhol barely survived a deliberate gunshot at close range. The wounds affected his mental and physical health until his unexpected death 19 years later. By the time “Warhol” was inscribed on his headstone, at 59 years old, he had become the leader of the Pop Art movement.  His was a household name, and this fragile kid from Pittsburgh had signature work held in significant public and private art collections around the world.

 

WARHOL! WARHOL! WARHOL!  The art exhibition at Lighthouse ArtCenter, shows a wide selection of his evocative works, from those early I. Miller shoe illustrations to the late career experimental Oxidation Paintings made of urine and metallic pigment on canvas.  Visitors can argue over the aesthetic value of his silk screen prints of lips, or they can take a walk on the wild side, back to the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they appear stitched together in six black and white silver gelatin prints created from 1976-86.

 

About Lighthouse ArtCenter: 

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is 501c(3) not-for-profit founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. The ArtCenter is dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. The center has grown into a three-building campus consisting of a Gallery & 2D Studio, 3D Studio, and a Jewelry & Textile Studio. Supported by memberships, tuition, grants, and donations, Lighthouse ArtCenter serves over 20,000 visitors, 3000 students, 45 faculty members, 400 summer art campers, and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit under-served populations.

 

For more information visit https://www.lighthousearts.org.

Facebook: @lighthousearts.org

Instagram: @lighthousearts

Twitter: @LighthouseArtC

 

 

LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER GALLERY AND 2D STUDIO 

373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469      561-746-3101

Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm   Friday: 9 am – 4 pm   Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm    Sunday: Closed

 

3D STUDIO 

395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469      561-746-3101

Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm   Friday: 9 am – 4 pm    Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm    Sunday: Closed

 

STUDIO 385

Jewelry and Textiles

385 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469      561-746-3101

Monday: 2-5 pm    Tuesday: 10 am-1 pm

 

 

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