Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered is now showing at the Jewish Museum in New York. The series of work by Andy Warhol has been called “Famous Jews,” “Ten Most Famous Jews,” or “Jewish Geniuses”
The portraits are of Albert Einstein, Sarah Bernhardt, Franz Kafka, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein.
From ArtDaily, here’s some interesting questions about the famous jews series by Andy Warhol..
“While Jewish audiences tended to embrace Warhol’s series, several leading art critics dismissed it as crass and exploitative. In the twenty-eight years since its debut, Ten Portraits has continued to confront viewers with these questions: Why did a Pop artist who otherwise displayed little interest in Jewish culture or causes create a series devoted to eminent jews? How do we reconcile Warhol’s commercial motives with the high-minded portrayal of cultural and historical icons? How has our view of Ten Portraits changed since its first showing?”
I could answer the first question (Why did a Pop artist who otherwise displayed little interest in Jewish culture or causes create a series devoted to eminent jews?) by using an Andy Warhol artwork..