Museum Folkwang
Camera, Lense
  • Andy Warhol
  • Camera, Lense, 1981

  • Serigraphy and acrylic on canvas
  • je 102 x 102 cm
  • Acquired in 1998 with support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 542
  • CommentaryWarhol was one of the central figures in art world of the 1960’s and is today seen as the most important exponent of Pop Art. His work and his public appearances ensured him constant attention from the media during his lifetime. This was also due to Warhol’s virtuoso ability to use the media in a number of ways: The media was for him motif, means of production and artistic method which he explored in all its intertwined relations.
    At the beginning of his career, Warhol took two elementary steps: he introduced the mechanical process of screen printing on grounded canvas and thus relinquished ›hand-made‹ images. Furthermore he selected already existing photographs published in the mass media as motifs for his works. This included not only portraits of famous people such as Marilyn Monroe or Mao, but also photos of car accidents, plane crashes and other catastrophes, for example in his ›Disaster-Diptych‹.
    Warhol uses this two-part diptych for ›Camera. Lense‹ as well.
    Like a security camera, the video camera seems to be focussed directly and unavoidably on the viewer. In the second view, the camera is seen in profile, like a mug shot. The different ground colors of the two panels, one light blue and the other turquoise, accent the change in perspective and the dialogue of regards.
    Whether the filmmaker Warhol presented his own video camera here is difficult to determine. This model, equipped with automatic zoom, dates from the late 1970’s, perhaps made by Betamax, for whom Warhol also made advertising.
  • Provenance1998, Galerie Rainer Borgemeister, Berlin
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1981
  • Jahr von: 1,981
  • Jahr bis: 1,981
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 542
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  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: je 102 x 102 cm
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  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1998 with support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1998, Galerie Rainer Borgemeister, Berlin