'Two-Faced Fame' is an exhibition curated by students of Kent University. It will be running from 24th May – 14th June in the School of Art's building - Studio 3.
The exhibition surveys the ways in which artists over the last 50 years have represented fame. Curated by History and Philosophy of Art students this exhibition brings together a diverse range of works that convey the various approaches artists take towards portraying the phenomenon of celebrity mass-culture. The exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of artists spanning from the 60’s to the present including Andy Warhol, Sir Peter Blake, Jason Brooks, Banksy and John Stezaker to name but a few.
‘Two-Faced Fame’ includes prints by Andy Warhol with exploration of his approach to low culture and high art. The exhibition will also highlight the progression from Pop-Art, to postmodern practice and the work of street artists. From Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe silk prints to John Stezaker’s spliced celebrity photo-portraits, and Banksy’s appropriated honesty, attitudes towards fame have varied tremendously over the last 50 years. The exhibition will provide a visual narrative of how and why artists have chosen to present recognisable figures within their work.
The award-winning curating programme that this exhibition runs under aims to provide undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to collect art on behalf of the School of Arts, and to put on museum-standard exhibitions.