Camouflage by Andy Warhol

Camouflage Andy Warhol

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Camouflage was Warhol’s last ever print portfolio, published just before his death in 1987. It is a fascinating body of work that illuminates some of the conceptual ideas that preoccupied the artist during his late career, a period often described as his most creative and productive. In the Camouflage series we see Warhol depart from the commissioned portraits of celebrities that brought him commercial success in the 1970s. Employing his signature wit, the artist takes on the subject of abstraction. He appropriates a readily available commercial camouflage pattern, turning it into a language of form, colour and abstraction. In the Camouflage portfolio, Warhol repurposes his source material in order to create images that do not conceal or disguise. Instead, they are a revelation of flamboyant colour and shape.

In Camouflage, Warhol’s conceptual strategies come to the fore. Much like his prints of Soup Cans and Dollar Signs, he identified and utilised imagery that was instantly recognisable and universally accessible in order to create a kind of popular iconography or visual language. In many ways Abstract Expressionism defined and promoted the idea of a ‘high art’, positioned outside of everyday life. Warhol and his contemporaries whose work came to define Pop Art presented a decisive break with the past. Warhol rebelled against the notion that art was separate from everyday life. By appropriating existing imagery and working in series, his practice questioned the traditional concepts of authorship, originality and reproduction that had been so entrenched in the art movements that preceded him. The artist’s controversial and ground-breaking approach set the stage for generations of contemporary artists that followed him. He was very aware of the discourse surrounding the Abstract Expressionist movement that predated him. Within this specific context, abstraction was aligned with spontaneity, purity and exceptionality. It was an art form through which the individual artist could channel their unique energy or vision.

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