La Fábrica launches The Mechanical Art by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928) who is without a doubt one of the most relevant and best-known artists of the 20th century. This volume, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name in Barcelona, Madrid and Málaga, highlights how Andy Warhol captured the cult of merchandise from industrial inventions of the 19th century.
Always attentive to technical and industrial breakthroughs, Warhol used all types of techniques and machinery, from silk-screen printing to video recorders, with production patterns that he himself defined as “pertaining to an assembly line”. This apparently impersonal mechanical art, cynically rejects any intentional spiritual burden.
This catalogue brings together a selection of over 250 works by Andy Warhol, which portray the technical and conceptual evolution of underground art in New York, emerging from the start of the second half of the 20th century. It also includes a series of essays written on his work and a selection of portraits of the artist, by photographers Alberto Schommer, Richard Avedon and Robert Mapplethorpe.