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Transmitting Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol [no title] 1967 Screenprint on paper image: 910 x 910 mm Purchased 1971© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009

Tate Liverpool
7 November 2014 – 8 February 2015 (press preview 6 November 2014)
£8.00 / £6.00

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) remains one of the most important and influential artists of the Post War period and the central figure associated with pop art. Transmitting Andy Warhol is the first exhibition to explore Warhol’s role in establishing new platforms to disseminate art, and his experimentation with new approaches to art reception that redefined artistic practice and distribution.

The first major solo exhibition in the north of England that focuses on Warhol’s expanded practice, it brings together more than 100 works, across a range of media with major paintings to explore Warhol’s experiments with mass-produced imagery. He ‘transmitted’ these images back into the public realm using processes of serial repetition and mass dispersal, establishing new approaches to distribute his work. Warhol’s transmission of ideas and imagery brought to life his democratic conviction that ‘art should be for everyone’.

Highlights include the Marilyn Diptych, Dance Diagram and Do-it-Yourself paintings, and other loans from international collections and the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Also presented will be a spectacular evocation of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol’s famed ‘total art’ environment which provided the framework for performances by the Velvet Underground.

It was during the early 1960s that Warhol recognised mass culture’s increasingly pervasive presence into the realms of visual representation and public experience, with a shift in the role of the artist as well as expectations of the audience. The exhibition traces how his practice expanded laterally using the theoretically limitless channels of publishing, film, music and broadcasting. From television commercials to a dazzling display of his ‘dispersed’ output including his trailblazing celebrity magazine Interview, Transmitting Andy Warhol shows how the artist combined the conceptual processes of making, marketing, publicity and distribution within a single artwork.

Transmitting Andy Warhol provides audiences with new insights into the breadth of his artistic processes and philosophies, as well as the social, political and aesthetic implications of his practice. Warhol’s expanding of the networks for distributing art is especially important today in an era when digital media offers artists, as well as any member of the public, boundless possibilities of distributing information, images and ideas. By presenting Warhol in the context of the mass information networks of his time, the exhibition reveals the artist’s role in re-defining access to culture and art as we understand it today, while challenging the traditional separation between high and low culture, and private and mass experience.

Transmitting Andy Warhol will be exhibited alongside Gretchen Bender. Also running concurrently on the ground floor Wolfson Gallery is The Serving Library to form Tate Liverpool’s autumn/winter season. Entitled, Making Things Public, visitors will explore how artists from different generations have responded to and experimented with the pervasive influence of mass and broadcast media. Transmitting Andy Warhol is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The exhibition is curated by Darren Pih, Exhibitions & Displays Curator and Stephanie Straine, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool.

On the occasion of Transmitting Andy Warhol, a new title, Tate Introductions: Warhol (Tate Publishing series), by Stephanie Straine, Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool will be published.


STRAUTCHEREPNIN, A Metaphysical Store, 2014. Commissioned by
Liverpool Biennial 2014. Photograph by Mark McNulty.

STRAUTCHEREPNIN, A Metaphysical Store, 2014. Commissioned by
Liverpool Biennial 2014. Photograph by Mark McNulty.


Saturday 5 July 2014, and will run until 26 October 2014.

The 2014 Biennial Exhibition, A Needle Walks into a Haystack, is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman and will take place in a number of venues including the Old Blind School on Hardman Street, Tate Liverpool, the Bluecoat, FACT, and St Andrew’s Gardens.

As part of A Needle Walks into a Haystack, a group show is presented in the centre of the city in the Old Blind School, a neo-classical building dating from 1932. Designed by Anthony Minoprio and Hugh Spencely, the building’s 1932 extension features art deco reliefs by John Skeaping, one of the leading figures of British modern sculpture in the mid 20 th century.

Continuing its commitment to producing new work and this year, also inviting artists to show some of their previous projects, the Biennial group show includes work by Uri Aran (Israel), Marc Bauer (Switzerland), Bonnie Camplin (UK), Chris Evans (UK), Rana Hamadeh (Lebanon), Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet (France), Judith Hopf (Germany), Aaron Flint Jamison (US), Norma Jeane (US), Nicola L. (FR), William Leavitt (US), Christina Ramberg (US), Michael Stevenson (New Zealand), Josef Strau (Austria) with Stefan Tcherepnin (US), Peter Wächtler (Germany) and Amelie Von Wulffen (Germany).

Alongside the group show, A Needle Walks into a Haystack will features solo presentations:

A transformation of Tate Liverpool’s Wolfson Gallery by the legendary French architect, Claude Parent, one of the avant-garde’s most revered and radical figures. Slanted floors and ramps require that the audience experience the museum anew, in a plan devised through his theory of fonction oblique, and including works fromthe Tate’s collection by Anni Albers (Germany/US), Babette Mangolte (France), Gustav Metzger (Germany/UK), Francis Picabia (France), Gillian Wise (UK) and others. Visitors can also enjoy a new display in the second floor gallery featuring artfrom Tate’s collection including work by Ivor Abrahams (UK), Francis Bacon (UK), Patrick Caulfield (UK), Naum Gabo (RU / US) and Susan Hiller (UK).

An exhibition devoted to James McNeill Whistler at the Bluecoat including a recreation of Whistler’s Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, commissioned by the Liverpool-based ship owner F.R. Leyland.

The first solo show in the UK of American artist and filmmaker Sharon Lockhart at FACT, including a newly commissioned film which will premiere at FACT on 17 October.

St Andrews Gardens will host a series of screenings and conversations around the work of experimental Belgian TV director, Jef Cornelis For A Needle Walks into a Haystack, Koen Brams (BE) has selected films by Cornelis for viewers to watch on televisions, not only introducing a UK audience to this important and recalcitrant figure, but also serving as a place for conversations about what television can be and how this medium can be used to document and represent art.

As part of A Needle Walks into a Haystack there will also be an ambitious programme of talks, screenings and other events throughout the Biennial period. Over the weekend of 19-21 September, a programme of performances titled

The Companion will take place, which will mirror and reflect on various times of the day: artists appear in cafés during breakfast, at bus stops during the morning commute, in a pharmacy during an afternoon errand, or in a theatre right after dinner.

Also featured as part of Liverpool Biennial 2014 are the John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries and Not all documents are records at Open Eye Gallery and Adrian Henri at the Exhibition Research Centre at Liverpool John Moores University. In addition, there is work by artists and curators in solo and group shows and performances throughout the city, ranging from the artist-run space The Royal Standard to Metal and the Walker Art Gallery.

In parallel to the Biennial Exhibition, the Biennial also presents a co-commission with Tate Liverpool and 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations. Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez, has painted a version of a ‘Dazzle Ship’, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool. The Edmund Gardner vessel, conserved in Merseyside Maritime Museum, has been ‘dazzled’ in a dry dock adjacent to Albert Dock Liverpool.

A highlight of the opening weekend is a major concert at Liverpool Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 5 July of a specially composed new work by Michael Nyman, Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial. The piece will be performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liverpool-born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent.

To accompany the 2014 Biennial Exhibition, there is a publication co-edited by art historian Camille Pageard, and including new texts by the curators and by Keren Cytter (Israel), Angie Keefer (US), Hassan Khan (Egypt), Kari Larsson (Sweden), Eileen Myles (US), Lisa Robertson (Canada) and Matthew Stadler (US) with drawings by Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico).

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “Liverpool Biennial 2014 will activate and highlight our city’s diverse cultural ecology and host exciting artists and thinkers connecting the community with international fields. It’s been very exciting and thought provoking to initiate a conversation across the city on what a model for our Biennial can be and work together towards it. The richness of this city and its history make it an important focal point for presenting the UK Biennial.”

Full details of the programme are available from the Liverpool Biennial website:

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