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19/02/18 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

10 Facts about Andy Warhol

10 Facts about Andy Warhol

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be exhibiting ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol until 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…

Artist in Focus: Andy Warhol

  1. Early Years

Andy Warhol was born on 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Andy Warhol’s actual name was Andy Warhola. He changed his last name and dropped the ending alphabet “a” when he moved to the state of New York to pursue a career in the arts after completing his Bachelor degree in the year 1949. Andy Warhol’s parents namely Ondrej Varhola and Julia were immigrants from Slovakia. His father was a laborer and his mother used to earn by cleaning houses and making handicrafts. The couple’s first child was born when they were still in Slovakia but he died before they migrated to the United States of America. They later had three sons namely Paul (1923), John (1925) and Andy (1928).

As a child, Andy Warhol enjoyed drawing immensely. He drew many portraits of his friends and family. In 1945, Andy graduated Schenley High School at the young age of sixteen. He started his studies at Carnegie Tech the following September and t wasn’t long before his drawing abilities became known amongst his peers. A small number of drawings from his time at college are housed in The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Warhol’s primary ambition while at Carnegie Tech was to become a fine artist and possibly teach art like some of his professors. Instead, the opportunity came up to leave Pittsburgh and pursue art in New York City with Philip Pearlstein. He immediately started into the field of illustration. His aspirations in becoming a fine artist were postponed since the illustration work earned him a very good income.

 

2. Illustration

Andy Warhol’s earliest work was for a magazine titled “Glamour”. It was his first ever assignment in which he was given a task to write an article. His article was titled as “Success is a Job in New York.”

3. POP!

Warhol is considered a pioneer of “Pop Art” which was an art movement during 1950s. The movement started in Britain during the mid-1950s and was initiated in America in the latter part of the 1950s. Pop art was contradictory to the well-known traditional ways of art.

4. Mixing Media

He worked with many forms of media, including: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and music. He also started a magazine (called Interview Magazine) and he wrote several books.

 

5. The Factory

Warhol’s studio was called The Factory, which was a reference to the mass-produced nature of his artworks. He saw art as a product, the same as the clothes you wear and the food you eat. He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses.

 

6. Born in the USA

In the 1960s he produced a series of paintings of iconic American images and objects, these included: Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola bottles.


7. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

In the 1970s Warhol produced work for many celebrities, including: Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Diana Ross.

 

8. New York Academy of Art

In 1980, Andy Warhol was involved in the founding of The New York Academy of Art along with other artists, scholars and patrons of the arts including Stuart Pivar, Dennis Smith and Russell Wilkinson. The founders were passionate about fostering the resurgence of representational and figurative art and recognized the importance of classical education in drawing, painting and sculpture as a solid foundation for contemporary artists.

9. Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Andy Warhol died on 22nd February 1987 following post gallbladder surgery complications. He is buried at St John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, next to his parents. After Andy Warhol’s death, his will was read out. According to his will, his estate (except for a few things) was to be auctioned to create a foundation that would work for the advancement of the visual arts. The auction of his estate resulted in collecting around $20 million. This money resulted in the formation of “Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts”. The foundation has been contributing towards the enhancement of arts and overcoming the challenges it possesses since then.

10. Inspiration

Andy Warhol is an inspiration to many young and aspiring artists around the world. For this very reason, “The Andy Warhol Museum” has been built in his memory. The museum stands in Andy’s hometown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the largest museum in America solely devoted to the art collection of a single artist. It has seven floors with over 17 galleries, 77 sculptures, 900 paintings, 2,000 paper works, 1,000 prints, 4,000 photographs and 4,350 films and videos.

 

Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Warhol’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Picasso, Dali and Matisse. The exhibition now includes four more pieces of clothing made from printed silk textiles designed by Andy Warhol, all relatively new discoveries, with two of them never having been exhibited to the public before. The garments include two ‘ice cream’ dresses, the ‘Buttons’ dress and the ‘Candy Apple’ blouse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

Neil Hanna Photography<br /> www.neilhannaphotography.co.uk<br /> 07702 246823

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

Sources:

http://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-andy-warhol

http://www.warhola.com/earlyart.html

ANDY WARHOL: 20 FUN FACTS

10 Andy Warhol Facts

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28/03/17 Events at New Lanark , Uncategorized # , , , , ,

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Guest blog from Sara at DigIt!

Calling all knitters, crochet-fiends and all other woolcraft folk!  Have you ever wanted to yarnbomb a World Heritage site?

On Tuesday 18th April – World Heritage Day – we’re staging six events across Scotland, one for each of our UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of Scotland in Six, an Event Scotland signature event for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  At New Lanark, we’re going to yarnbomb the Institute – the traditional social hub of the village – and have a day of workshops, talks, plenty of tea & biscuits, and of course, knitting!  The event is free but ticketed (so we know how many of you are coming), and you can pick yours up here: http://digit2017.com/events/knit-new-lanark-scotland-in-six/

Can’t make it on the day?  Well, we still need your help…

It’s going to take a lot of wool to transform the site, so we’re looking for advance submissions from individuals and groups all over Scotland – and we can offer you a free workshop box to get you started.  Our workshops-in-a-box contain all sorts of goodies, including some suggested patterns, and of course, some New Lanark yarn.  If you’d like one sent out, just email [email protected]  We’re looking for bunting, flowers, vines, squares, and pennants – all kinds of goodies that we can tie to railings, drop out of windows, wrap around pillars, and generally decorate this wonderful site.

So whether you’re a craft group, knitters’ collective, or solo stitcher, we’d love to hear from you!

Sara – DigIt!

www.digit2017.com

DigIt2017

 

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18/07/16 New Lanark Search Room # , , , , ,

Search Room Spotlight: New Lanark Shipping Label

Search Room Spotlight: New Lanark Shipping Label

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This is a photographic reproduction of an original drawing of New Lanark by resident artist, John Winning. By 1813, the value of the mills had risen to £114, 000 (from £60,000 in 1799) and enough cotton was produced in a week to go around the world 2.5 times. As a result, Owen had commissioned Winning in 1818 to produce a series of illustrations of New Lanark to be used as export labels as a way to promote their product. Each 10lb. bundle of yarn from New Lanark had a label with a print of the mills and became recognized by foreign buyers as “Picture Yarn”.

The bulk of New Lanark’s home sales were done through the Glasgow yarn market while still maintaining sales throughout Britain to places as far apart as Dublin and Norwich. New Lanark cotton was also sent all over the world to places such as Holland, the Baltic, and Russia though the majority of sales were made in Amsterdam, Elberfeld, and St. Petersburg.

We currently have an export label in our collection that is on display in the Robert Owen House. This label was translated and attached to packages of yarn that were sent to Russia.

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Today, the Mills still continue to produce yarn using traditional 19th century spinning mules powered by our own hydro-electricity production. Now we produce woolen yarn instead of cotton in Double Knitting, Chunky, Aran and Organic varieties. All proceeds from our wool production are returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care of our historic village. You can purchase New Lanark Wool & Textiles online at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk or at New Lanark in our Mill Shop.

RESOURCES:

Historic New Lanark
The Story of New Lanark
Robert Owen: Owen of New Lanark & New Harmony – Ian Donnachie

Holly – New Lanark Archive Intern

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