Despite still being a name on everybody's lips, and the man who practically defined fame in the postmodern world, exhibitions of work by Andy Warhol are surprisingly rare in this country. It makes this new show, The Portfolios, at Dulwich Picture Gallery a little bit of a treat.
Eighty works drawn from the Bank of America Collection are on display here, covering a span of almost twenty years, from 1965-1984. Comprised of silkscreen prints, this show presents a detailed cross-section of some of the most significant works by one of the twentieth century's most significant artists. It's a striking recommendation.
Mingling among the lesser known works are some of the most iconic images created: Warhol on Mohammed Ali and Marilyn Monroe, for example. Warhol created these icons, he created motifs that, produced cheaply, could be shipped cheaply in mass quantities. It's what people wanted: colourful, bright and disposable. These are gorgeous prints. But that they are where they are and venerated accordingly, Warhol's is the joke that will never get old.
Andy Warhol: The Portfolios opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery today, until 16 September.