Andy Warhol´s “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century”

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Andy Warhol´s “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century” visualized great Jewish personalities of the twentieth century: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, the Marx Brothers, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, Golda Meir and Gertrude Stein. The silk screen images with large colour-shapes and Warhol´s pencil lines do not fit the contours of the faces. Therefore the images almost seem to be lit by lightnings. Each person becomes a “super star” of the twentieth century. During the guided tours of the exhibition the Jewish Museum in Stockholm focused on the person behind the portrait. Who was Martin Buber? Where did he come from? How did his Jewish background effect his life and achievements?

Image: ANDY WARHOL, 1980: “Franz Kafka”

 

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