Andy Warhol

  • Wolfgang Wesener
  • 1986
  • Inv. No. 56.15.05
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone, Celebrit√†
Size XS
30x20cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
30x20cm Dimensions
Inkjet pigmented print on paper Hahnemuhle Technique
Classic frame Mounting

The strength of WOWE’s portraits lays mostly in his intention not to elevate his subjects to icons, therefore Andy Wharol’s portrait represents an obvious contradiction, as well as an ironic gesture towards an incredible artist, collectively considered as the father of the quintessential icon, meaning an empty image, void of material content. The Factory founder is portrayed in a simple and classical way, opposite to the artificial and biased way he had already been portrayed over the years. WOWE does not premeditate, he improvises while trying to adapt to the subject’s needs and to make him feel at ease.
Wolfgang Wesener, known as Wowe, has been taking pictures for the music magazine Spex since the 1980s, when he was studying Communication Design at the Folkwangschule in Essen. In 1984, following his first show at the Photographie Galerie in Düsseldorf, he left his native Germany for New York, where he started working as an assistant to Hans Namuth, a German photographer who specialized in portraits (he photographed Jackson Pollock) and Evelyn Hofer. In 1985 he exhibited his work at the Olympus Galerie in Hamburg and began working for Details Magazine in New York, supplying it with photographs of nightlife. The following year he began a twelve-year-long partnership with the legendary FAZ-Magazin, a daily supplement to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He moved to Italy in the 1990s, where he continued to take photographs for international magazines and to show his works. He exhibited at the Vera Engelhorn Gallery in New York, where he showed shots from his NY Nightlife (1990), Venetians (1993) and Color Portraits (1996) series. In 2003 he exhibited for the first time in Italy, at the Galleria Valentina Moncada in Rome, taking part in the group show curated by Niels Kummer, NEW YORK – THE GOLDEN YEARS, alongside artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Jimmy De Sana. Over the years he has worked on a number of personal projects focusing on photographic portraiture, showing the images on an international level. In 2008 he featured in the Essence, 25 Years of Portraits exhibition in Berlin and, in 2011, in the Nightclubbing. New York Nightlife in the ‘80s exhibition at the Leica Gallery in New York. He currently lives in the United States.