Consumer Culture

Andy Warhol was no Nostradamus. But in the current age of social media and reality television, his claim that one day everyone would enjoy their “15 minutes of fame” has made him a bit of a prophet. More than anyone of his era or since, Warhol has left an enduring influence on the history of contemporary art in modern society. But he was still a controversial figure who earned as many detractors as admirers since he burst onto the pop art scene with his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans and Brillo Boxes during the consumer-addled ’60s. “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have,” Warhol once stated. So it’s ironic that today Warhol’s works alone account for a huge source of value of the contemporary art market. “According to recent reports in Forbes and the Economist, Warhol’s work is credited for close to 20 percent of the value of today’s art market,” says Robert Fontaine, owner of the eponymous gallery in Wynwood. Beginning at 6 p.m. during Wynwood’s free Second Saturday arts crawl, you can see the pop icon’s enduring influence in “Warhol Is Over,” a group show at the Robert Fontaine Gallery (2349 NW Second Ave., Miami) featuring 11 local and international names exploring the impact of the attention-mongering artist. “Some people think he’s too kitschy and too commercial. Others think he was a genius,” Fontaine says. “This is a survey of contemporary artists’ reactions to Warhol’s work from diverse perspectives.”
Sat., July 14, 6 p.m., 2012


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