In Summer 2016, Andy Warhol goes street!….only in Vilamoura!
Beginning 17 June, a very special multi-faceted art event takes place in-and-around the world-famous Vilamoura marina. Art Vilamoura, in partnership with Algarve-based Omey Projects, bring together the image of iconic pop artist Andy Warhol, as captured by Los Angeles photographer Karen Bystedt, and fused with the creativity of some of Portugal´s and the world’s most renowned urban artists. From a major show to large street murals, and ten mini-exhibitions to intimate presentations, you won’t want to miss this important cultural event, running mid-June through the end of August. The concept began on a whim in 1982. Bystedt, then a student at NYU, was working on a book of top male models of the time. Impulsively, she cold called Warhol who, to her surprise, agreed to a rare portrait-style photo shoot in the conference room of his New York studio, The Factory. It was a unique opportunity that was largely set aside, until…. ….in 2011, Bystedt discovered the negatives and restored 10 of the images. Now living in L.A. and a fan of urban art, she wanted to use the Warhol portraits in a relevant contemporary way. She began collaborating with street artists to create works blending pop art and graffiti art genres. The collection created a buzz in the art community and became known as The Lost Warhols. Early this year, Omey Projects founder and owner Kelly Murtagh contacted Bystedt. As an urban contemporary art consultant, Murtagh was certain this concept would work in the Algarve. She met with management at Vilamoura World, who shared her vision to produce a culture event for residents and visitors to the luxury resort. The Lost Warhols: Andy Goes Street in Vilamoura will, no doubt, be the marquee event of Summer 2016 in the Algarve. Planned events throughout the summer include:
The Lost Warhols Exhibition – The Lost Warhol’s – Opening 17 June and running through the end of August, Andy goes street in Vilamoura will be open to the public in a prominent gallery space on the Vilamoura Marina, with 11 pieces of original artwork (each measuring 40×40 inches) beautifully framed in the SUGI frame, a sustainable Japanese cedar frame especially produced in São Miguel, Azores. The 11 works will be collaborations between Bystedt and each of the following prominent urban and contemporary artists
Public Mural – Bystedt, together with artists Add Fuel and Eime, will create a 4m X 4m artwork to become the symbol of the summer exhibition.
Wide Walls Vilamoura – Over one week, the public can observe artists Draw and Mar at work creating murals on the streets of Vilamoura.
10×10 Art Exhibition – In a unique original are competition, 10 works depicting life in the iconic Algarve region will be selected to to participate in a 10-week exhibition at the Cerro da Vila Museum in Vilamoura. will be awarded a prize. The V-ART project calls for creativity to be light, cheerful and refreshing renditions of the proposed theme. One overall winner will receive a prize worth €1000.
Karen Bystedt Story – Meet the photographer in intimate presentations in which she tells the story of how she came to meet Andy Warhol. Held in partnership by Vilamoura World and Omey Projects. The project aims to mark the beginning of Vilamoura’s commitment to promote and support the Arts in Portugal and internationally.
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