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“Artists do not operate in a vacuum,” says Dr. Hank Hine, director of the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, which houses the largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí outside Spain. The statement is a particularly apt reminder as the museum prepares to unveil its newest exhibit, “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” (January 18 through April 27), which explores the Pop artist’s relationship to public visibility and mass culture in the context of the Spanish Surrealist’s influence.
“Warhol was one of the American artists most marked by the legacy and model of Salvador Dalí,” Hine explains. “If Dalí used popular media to present his vision of the dream world, Warhol used popular media as the subject of his art.”
The exhibit is the museum’s first showcase of works by an artist other than its namesake. Roughly 35 paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of films by Warhol—all on loan from his eponymous museum in Pittsburgh—are on display. Besides viewing the art, visitors can also experience their own 15 minutes of fame in a simulated minute-long Warholian screen test, which they can share on social media.
“In many ways Dalí passed to Warhol the mantle of the avant-garde, celebrity provocateur who juggled the high and the low and pointed the way that art would be made in the future,” says Hine. “It has taken this long to begin to see the work of each artist out of the shadow of their public image. This is the experience the exhibition will allow.” 1 Dali Blvd.; 727-823-3767; thedali.org.