Guest Contributor: Valerie Pate on “Warhol’s Worship”


I have never thought of Warhol’s work as a “visit to church”, yet the concept of him “worshipping” his female subjects as if they were the Virgin Mary does make sense to me.

In my mind, the majority of artists perform a certain amount of subject worship with every portrait or likeness they create. To really cast your eye over your chosen object of inspiration, and then redefine that vision in order to share your ‘provocation’ with the world, is surely a reverent and a spiritual process.

As Warhol’s works were not images that he brought forth from his imagination, but rather the redressing of iconic images, you can readily believe that his relationship with those specimens ran deeper than a mere fondness for soup…




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