Warhol Influenced and Influence

Yesterday, I was doing some research on the late 19th century French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  Lautrec’s reputation and fame stem from his posters whose design was inspired by Japanese woodblock prints as well as his choice of subject matter:  the prostitutes, actresses, circus performers and dancers who populated the Montmartre district of Paris around 1880.  One art historian commented that there could be no Warhol without Lautrec. This is certainly true. Warhol, like Lautec, engaged contemporary life in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s with the same intense scrutiny that Lautrec used to depict life in his era. If we now fast-forward to the world of contemporary art, we see that Warhol has had a similar effect on contemporary art–a fact that was beautifully revealed in a 2012 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled “Regarding Warhol:  50 Years, 60 Artists.”  The Warhol exhibition at FCMOA is an ideal opportunity to dip your eyes into the mind and life of one of the most influential artists of our time.  But its always good to remember that he also had precedents in the history of art.  Art can always be viewed through the filter of what and who came before.

Marianne Lorenz, Executive Director