Pop! Goes Fayetteville: Warhol Comes to Town

Feb 7 — April 12 at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University.

Photographer: AP photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth | Andy Warhol print of Grace Kelly (Tennesee Customs House- similar to one on display in exhibit in David McCune Int’l Art Gallery, NC)

Step through an unassuming door on the campus of Methodist University and find yourself transported to a room that could easily be in New York City or Paris. Patrons slowly wander among the impeccably hung pieces of artwork murmuring softly to each other as a curated soundtrack plays in the background.

30 silkscreened images were lent from the Cochran Collection and four are courtesy of the Ackland Museum at UNC Chapel Hill.

Photo collage by Sean-David McDonald

Andy Warhol was an American artist who blurred the lines between fine art and commercial aesthetics. Famous for his Campbells soup can images, he also explored such mediums as performance art, filmmaking, video installations, and writing. He famously rubbed shoulders with the Hollywood elite and was known for capturing the minutiae of glamor and magnifying it through his artistic lens.

A Fayetteville blogger contemplates the art at the McCune gallery. Photo: Maria McDonald

The works at the McCune gallery summarise Warhol’s best-known medium: screen printing. The layering of image elements and textures give the prints a three-dimensional effect. The subject’s eyes track you as you view the work from different angles. This is art which is best experienced up close and personal, and now in 2019, we don’t have to leave town to get near art of this caliber. Between what our local makers and creatives produce and exhibitions like these, Fayetteville is quickly becoming a hub of culture in North Carolina. Stay tuned for more.

The author takes a selfie with The Witch, 1981. Photo: Maria McDonald

Visit the exhibit from now until April 12. Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 11–5., Thursdays: 11–7, and Saturdays: Noon — 4. Closed Sundays, Mondays and March 4–11. $10 donation suggested.

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