by Vatsala SethiDec 26, 2022
We could make it a 10-pointer on why Andy Warhol is the biggest icon of the 20th century, but there’s a walking tour that is engaging the people in New York with Andy Warhol’s life. A single person who legitimately stirred the art scene in America during his lifetime and continues to do so in 2022 as well, Andy Warhol, the leading American artist, film director, and producer. Warhol changed the meaning of art and controversially blurred the distinctions between fine art and popular aesthetics. Based on Warhol’s life, an immersive walking tour production - Chasing Andy Warhol - opens at Astor Place in the East Village. It follows on the heels of Bated Breath Theatre Company’s award-winning production Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec, the longest-running pandemic friendly show in New York City.
The theatrical walking tour production will employ Bated Breath’s unique multimedia approach as scenes inspired by Warhol’s enigmatic life unfold on the streets, behind windows of area businesses, and inside secret locations along the route. Despite Warhol’s celebrity and fame, he was also an obscure, mystifying persona who preferred to remain elusive. The show will use a distinct blend of immersive theatre, dance, film, art, and puppetry to peek into the life of the iconic artist. Chasing Andy Warhol goes beyond the hype and into the deepest feelings of a profoundly complex person - whose legacy continues to bombard our senses at every turn.
The executive artistic director, Marie Lieberman stated that they are thrilled to be back again, applying what they learned while doing this boundary-breaking artform to explore the life of boundary-breaking artist Andy Warhol.
Warhol’s work marked the end of modern art and the beginning of the postmodern period by shifting from non-objective self-expressive abstraction to popular subjects, objects, and themes that everyone could relate to and recognise. He had an unrivalled ability to pinpoint what defined our culture and preserve it for posterity through the use of cutting-edge techniques and technology. In essence, his pop art is a brilliantly perceptive visual history of 1960s New York and how it will be remembered in the future.
Warhol had an uncanny knack for predicting that "in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." And surprisingly, it holds true in today’s technology-driven world. Everyone’s a click away from fame, thanks to social media, but given Warhol’s success even after his demise, we can certainly conclude that there will always be one Andy Warhol.