NOW ON VIEW @ FROZEN PALMS GALLERY / ANDY WARHOL: THE MARILYN MAQUETTE: OBSCURE, UNKNOWN… AND ICONIC
HENZEL STUDIO is pleased to announce a virtual exhibition @ Frozen Palms Gallery Los Angeles / Bastad, that brings to light one of Warhol’s most obscure and unknown works, while paying homage to his most iconic and popular subject; Marilyn Monroe. The exhibition features nine handmade rugs by Henzel Studio (Est. 1999, Sweden) created in close collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Alongside these are virtual replicas of fourteen original Warhol paintings made available by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, further contextualizing the artist’s accomplishments of both replicating, abstracting and deconstructing the recognizable subject.
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The rugs are based on a maquette Warhol created for an unrealized artists book. The handmade model consists of thirty-eight octagonal pages, each a die-cut detail from Warhol’s print edition set of Marilyn Monroe dated 1967 that includes ten variations of the iconic star. Curated by Joakim Andreasson, the rugs were designed and appropriated into the media at hand through the unparalleled expertise and implementation of artist and Henzel Studio Founder Calle Henzel. Each page of the maquette has been re-appropriated and turned into a unique rug design, four of which are on view in this exhibition. The resulting designs and abstractions provide an unforeseen and detailed view of Warhol’s portrait of Monroe, where each rug serves as magnified close-ups through an octagon shaped lens.
The maquette was discovered in Warhol’s Time Capsule 55 in 1994, one of 610 cardboard boxes he filled and dated from 1974 until his death in 1987. Referred to then as “Andy’s stuff ”, they are filled with objects he accumulated from his daily life: gifts, collectibles, photographs, invitations, letters, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, business records and artwork. Today Warhol’s Time Capsules are known to be a diary of his everyday personal and professional life including Warhol’s artistic practice.
In parallel, original Monroe portraits have been further deconstructed and appropriated by Calle Henzel, where he applied his signature design characteristics; freeform organic shapes, strategically placed holes, uneven punk-like fringes and elaborate surface treatments into five unique shapes. Four of these will be on view throughout the gallery.
Fourteen virtual replicas of Warhol’s depictions of Monroe are represented in the exhibition. These include the Marilyn Diptych (1962), noted as one of the most influential pieces in Modern Art, The iconic Marilyn Portfolio featuring ten different silkscreens, Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962) and Gold Monroe (Tondo) (1962), silkscreened on gold canvases and finally The Two Marilyns (1962) composed of duo black and white repeat silkscreens of the actor.
The exhibition is topped off with a two-piece free-from design by Calle Henzel of Monroe’s Lips appropriated from a lithograph by Warhol printed as part of a publication called 1¢ Life in 1964. The rug is placed next to a virtual replica of Marilyn Monroe’s Lips (1962), a silkscreen depicting 196 repeats of Monroe’s lips allowing an alternate and reduced representation of the subject.
“The Foundation has been delighted to collaborate with Henzel Studio on this collection of distinctive hand made rugs which elegantly merge Calle Henzel’s signature treatments with rarely seen abstracted depictions of Marilyn created by Warhol.”
Michael Dayton Hermann, The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts
Frozen Palms Gallery
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Installation view: ANDY WARHOL I love your kiss forever forever, 1969 I love your kiss forever forever, 2015 Design by Calle Henzel Limited edtition hand knotted rug 350 x 200 cm (138 x 79 ins)
ANDY WARHOL Marilyn Diptych, 1962 Acrylic, silkscreen ink and pencil on linen 81 x 57 inches each (two panels)
ANDY WARHOL Marilyn, 1967 Tarfala Permafrost Night Edit, 2015 Design by Calle Henzel Limited edtition hand knotted rug 270 x 305 cm (108.5 x 120 ins)
ANDY WARHOL Gold Marilyn (Tondo), 1962 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas 17.25 inches diameter
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