ANDY WARHOL Pop Artist and Cultural Icon
Preston Casertano, the visionary behind The Whitechapel Projects, has been greatly influenced by the life and work of one of the twentieth century’s most prolific artists Andy Warhol
A leading figure in the Pop-art movement, Warhol’s ability to combine the avant-garde with commercial inspirations, as well as his capacity to morph and transform his persona, has been an area of intrigue for Casertano. Warhol’s aesthetic, as well as his practice of various art forms, is an important influence on the inspiration and development of The Whitechapel Projects. Just as Warhol blurred the lines of what it meant to be an artist – working in various mediums and exploring film, video installations and writing – our venue will be a place that is continuously evolving and re-defining itself as well.
While much of the art that will adorn The Whitechapel Projects will be ever-changing, there will be some select, set installations. One piece that will be on permanent display is the door frame from Warhol’s New York City studio, located at 19 E32 and 22 E33, Between Park and Madison, known as the “Factory.” While its permanent home at The Whitechapel Projects is still being determined, we look forward to sharing this architectural-relic-turned-art-installation with our patrons.
To this day, nearly thirty years after his death, Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate this piece of art history at The Whitechapel Projects. In the coming weeks, stay tuned to learn more about the influencers and innovators that are shaping our venue.