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Andy Warhol

Camouflage Paintings

January 30–February 12, 1999
Beverly Hills

Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 12 × 10 inches (30.5 × 25.4 cm)

Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 12 × 10 inches (30.5 × 25.4 cm)

Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 80 × 76 inches (203.2 × 193 cm)

Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 80 × 76 inches (203.2 × 193 cm)

Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 50 × 198 inches (127 × 502.9 cm)

Andy Warhol, Camouflage, 1986

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 50 × 198 inches (127 × 502.9 cm)

About

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce a major exhibition of Andy Warhol's Camouflage Paintings of 1986. One of the last serial groups of paintings Warhol completed before his death in 1987, these paintings are inspired by the military motif of camouflage.

The Camouflage Paintings confront issues of pattern and design within the context of the New York School of Abstraction. Using an image which is itself a simplification of nature, Warhol addresses the history of landscape painting. As Thomas Kellein puts this irony in historical perspective for the introduction to his seminal exhibition "Warhol Abstracts":

With the Camouflages, a military pattern that helped hide weapons of war in the landscape was brought into play for an abstract, informal flood of paintings. Warhol expanded the vegetable like effect of leaf-shaped sprigs and islands, first onto square, then onto rectangular formats, until the "all over" ideal of the Abstract Expressionists had been brought back to its familiar origin: the water lily paintings of Claude Monet. This historically burdened design was brightened and lightened by colors to such an extent that we stand in front of some spiritually emphatic testimony to abstract painting, ready to lose ourselves in the Camouflages as in a landscape.

A fully illustrated catalogue with texts by Brenda Richardson and Bob Colacello will accompany the exhibition.