Andy Warhol claimed that he painted Campbell’s soup cans because he ate the same lunch every day for twenty years, ‘the same thing over and over again’. There is something machinic in this form of repetition that can also be seen at work in many of his artworks. Dr Glyn Davis, University of Edinburgh, will explore the role of mechanical reproduction in Warhol’s work, focusing in particular on his paintings and screenprints of celebrities. The significance of repetition, seriality and sameness in Warhol’s work will be explored; the connections between the content of his work and the technologies he used to make it will also be examined. Was Warhol’s Factory, his studio, really just a space for the mass manufacture of identical products?
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