Warhol. In my mind, the name brings up images of Campbells soup cans, famous people with bright colors painted on them, the cover of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album, and a bespectacled man with white hair. Warhol’s images are instantly recognizable as was the man himself.
There’s an exhibition of some of Warhol’s work currently on display at the Pera Museum here in Istanbul. I don’t know what took me so long to visit the Pera Museum. It’s a place I should have visited much earlier. It’s near Istiklal Street and easy to find, across from a surface parking lot (one of the few I’ve seen in the middle of the city), near the Italian Cultural center. It’s not a very large museum. It lacks size, but not in quality.
There are several exhibitions at the museum, all worth seeing. For purposes of brevity in this post, I’m only including photos from the Warhol exhibition. In the coming days I’ll post some photos from the others.
The Warhol exhibit is the largest currently at the museum. It takes up the top two floors of the six-story museum. Even the elevator doors were covered in Warhol prints. This one was covered by Annie Oakley.
The beginning of the exhibit is marked in a very understated way.
This is the first time I’ve seen an exhibit of Warhol’s work. I’ve seen pieces here and there in various museums I’ve visted over the years. Grouped together, you can see a remarkable amount of playfulness in his work.
There was Martha Graham, Satyric Festival Song.
There was a Mother and Child from the series Cowboys and Indians.
There were Endangered Species.
There were Grapes.
And fermented grapes, La Grande Passion.
In addition to a pair of Lenins, there were these four pieces known as Hammer and Sickle.
Torso was the only piece that could be considered risqué in any way.
On one wall was a row of these small paper prints that you were free to take. So I took one of each.
I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, just yet. But they’re nice keepsakes from the exhibition.