By Isabelle Lee

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES – Born on August 6, 1928, Warhol was an American artist and a pioneer in the artistic movement towards the style of pop art. He established the relationship between traditional and classical art with the modern concepts of his time such as newspapers, advertisements, pop culture, and celebrities.

From September 20th, 2014 until February 2nd, 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will be displaying their Andy Warhol exhibit of a series of silkscreened canvases. His works of art, Shadows, are made up of 102 different panels and parts ranging in many diverse colors, yet similar in design.
Warhol’s “fondness for dull things” is reflected in many of his works that are shown in his silkscreened canvases. In 1978, he began his project of creating Shadows, which inspired by photographs taken of shadows in the Factory, his studio in New York City. Through his principles of sequence of repetition, he expanded upon his abstract field of art. Shadows is a compilation of many panels ranging in more than a dozen different hues and tints of color such as a royal blue, to a grave purple, to a piercing red. Unlike his earlier works, which were painted in thin layers of acrylic, the backgrounds of Shadows were painted with a sponge mop. The visible streaks and unblended blotches done by the mop show texture and movement across his paintings. Warhol instructed that the
panels be hung at eye-level and edge-to-edge, forcing the focus directly onto the paintings. Varying shades of darkness, some lighter than others, create a moving and diverse mass of panels along the walls of the MOCA exhibit.

In addition to Shadows, MOCA has an adjacent exhibit of more of Warhol’s works. Concrete Infinity features Warhol’s various types of art, with many different emotions shown in objects and human figures. The Social Landscape is another exhibit in MOCA which features selections of photography from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. Both of these additional exhibits will be accessible until February 15th, 2015. MOCA also has a permanent collection of artwork that shows a beautifully motley mixture of abstract expressionism, pop art, postmodernism, and more.

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