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Warhol artworks brings colour to WAM

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Juwairiyyah Jeena
July30/ 2017

Andy Warhol art enthusiasts fill WAM for exhibition opening 

WITS ART Museum (WAM) opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, July 27, for the first public viewing of Andy Warhol’s artworks.

The 80-piece travelling artworks are displayed over three floors of the WAM, and include the famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe, the Campbell’s soup cans and the endangered species series. Curator Lesley Cohen said that exhibiting Warhol’s artworks was an opportunity that WAM could not refuse. “He is an absolutely iconic international artist,” she added.

WAM had received an “amazing” response from the media and public, with over 1,500 people confirming their response to attend the opening night, according to Cohen. WAM was filled with art lovers and Warhol fans who have been inspired by his artworks.

Abi Meekel said that she had studied Warhol in high school “and now it’s here and I feel like I can actually see it in person and I always wanted to see Andy Warhol’s stuff”.

Another guest, Riley Grant, said that Warhol’s artworks inspired him. “Often when you come to a gallery space, there isn’t such high energy, it’s often quite

Clockwise from front: Gopolang Mokate, Juliette Petersen, Mziyanda Malgas, Thato Mabalayo and Josh Lipman.                                                                                                                             Photo: Juwairiyyah Jeena

serious, quite sombre, but with Andy it’s so playful and it adds quite a nice atmosphere to the exhibition space. It’s inspiring to see the body of work.”

“I’ve always been for Andy Warhol and the whole art movement because it just captured the whole essence of fun things of that period and time but besides that, we’ve actually got the unofficial first stadium red pack showing and the cans downstairs, Marilyn Monroe and beyond that I’m humbled and inspired,” said Khotso Masilela.

The Warhol exhibition will be at WAM until October 8.

See the video from the opening night:

 

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