Little Andrew Warhola grew up to be Andy Warhol the ”Pope Of Pop”. From a young age he was fascinated with the commercialism of pop icons in advertising and in everyday life.
Warhol helped to shape pop culture and was able to portend society’s fascination with the media and a world where everything is accessible on your phone at the touch of the button, 24/7. Warhol famously claimed that everyone would have his or her 15 minutes of fame, and he certainly wouldn’t be surprised by YouTube, Bravo, Twitter, America’s Got Talent, The Facebook, Anderson Cooper, Roseanne Barr, Ivanka and Jared, Meghan Markle or any Kardashian.
A master of multiple creative forms of expression, Warhol was a painter, writer, music producer, avant-garde filmmaker, magazine creator, sculptor, and photographer. Focusing on diverse and contrasting interests all at once, he was fascinated with all forms of media, blurring of gender identities, and the contrast between a sense of celebrity and privacy.
He was a ground-breaker in the notion of self as product. He even set up his studio as ”The Factory”, overseeing a staff that turned out prints, silkscreens and products based on his work. He was also a remarkable, transcendent artist and a commanding craftsman.
This is the opening weekend for my friend and fellow World of Wonder’s The WOW Report reporter Trey Speegle‘s new show: ”Andy Warhol Ephemera” Warhol printed matter from the collection of Trey Speegle at THE RePOP SHOP, 4849 State Rt 52 in Jeffersonville, Sullivan Country, New York, just two hours from New York City. THE RePOP SHOP is just part of Trey’s studio complex in a building from 1924 that was a grain and feed store, then a gas station in the 1950s, and in the 2000s it was a printing shop.
THE RePOP SHOP is downstairs and Gallery 52 is upstairs (open by appointment). Trey’s archive of more than 3000 vintage paint-by-number paintings are housed at the complex.