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There are many examples in art history of one artist portraying another, but no one before Andy Warhol did it 28 times in one painting – as Warhol dares to do here in a portrait of fellow American Robert Rauschenberg. Warhol named his portrait “Texan” after the famous “cowboy state” where Rauschenberg was born.
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Andy Warhol (1928-1987; civil name Andrew Warhola) was an American artist, filmmaker and publisher, and co-founder and most important exponent of American Pop Art. His career began as early as the 1950s as a graphic designer and illustrator for fashion, glossy and lifestyle magazines and developed rapidly. He left behind an extensive body of work ranging from simple advertising graphics to paintings, objects, films and books. He was also active as a music producer.
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The Masterworks series is a treasure trove of art. Each ten-minute program focuses on an individual painting, with a rich visual survey accompanied by an authoritative voice-over commentary. The selection of works, from galleries on both sides of the Atlantic, covers a broad spectrum of art from the earliest European masterpieces to contemporary works, introducing the unfamiliar and rediscovering the well-loved.
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