Modern Masters Episode 1: Warhol - King of Pop

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Modern Masters Episode 1: Warhol - King of Pop (BBC Documentary)

"In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
Andy Warhol

English: Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first in a four-part series exploring the life and works of the 20th century's most important artists: Matisse; Picasso; Dali and Warhol.

Art critic Alastair Sooke sets out to discover why these artists are considered so great and how they
still influence our lives today. He begins with Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art. On his journey he parties with Dennis Hopper, has a brush with Carla Bruni and gets to grips with Marilyn.

Along the way he uncovers just how brilliantly Andy Warhol pinpointed and portrayed our obsessions with consumerism, celebrity and the media, and then went on to re-invent them.

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup I, 1968.
Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup I, 1968. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A kind of prophet, this Nostrodamus of the modern age pinpointed our obsessions with consumerism, capitalism, celebrity and the media.

Warhol pioneered Pop Art by taking everyday objects and presenting them as art in a radically in
novative way. His studio was a kind of factory assembly line producing multiple works of art.

He understood that, in a modern, multimedia world, art no longer had to be restricted to painting or sculpture, but could seep into film, photography, television, music, even magazines. It was about ideas as much as technique or skill.

His influence has been immense. Today, his explorations of celebrity have exploded into massive publishing enterprises. Warhol showed us both who we are and what we might become.

Four artists who changed our world
The life and enduring influence of
Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol explained
and explored.

Jimmy Carter with Andy Warhol during a recepti...
Jimmy Carter with Andy Warhol during a reception for inaugural portfolio artists (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Modern Masters is a four-part television series detailing the life and work of four giants of 20th century art:
Henri Matisse; Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. During the course of the series, presenter and journalist, Alastair Sooke, explores why these artists are considered so important and examines how their influence can still be seen in our world today.

About Alastair Sooke
Alastair Sooke is an arts journalist and broadcaster.
He has written extensively on the arts for the Daily Telegraph and has been a contributor to a number of arts programmes, including The Culture Show on BBC Two.

He has interviewed many of the most celebrated artists in the world, including Anthony Caro, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Richard Hamilton, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Steve McQueen, Yoko Ono and Richard Serra. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.