King of Pop: Warhol Goes Viral in Silicon Valley June 24th-27th

  Andy Warhol ,  Dogs In Raincoats , courtesy of Christie’s and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts

Andy Warhol, Dogs In Raincoats, courtesy of Christie’s and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts

Andy Warhol’s life and art could be interpreted as a precursor for the popularity of social media. Warhol employed analog tools such as super-8, polaroid and tape recorders to capture his life with the the same, if not greater voracity, as any smartphone-instagram-facebook user. And the end game of fame, or how it is now translated in the forms of likes and followers, was pretty much the same. It is no wonder that Christie’s Private Sales chose Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum as the backdrop for a pop-up exhibition exploring technology and the work of Warhol. Viral: Andy Warhol and the Image Before the Internet Age applauds the artist for popularizing mass production, embracing technology and tapping into our obsession with manipulating not only our image but also that of our pets. Long before LOLCatz and Dogz there were these guys (see above).

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Collette McGruder