Hollywood has given us many divas, but only one has become a collective myth: Marilyn Monroe. Many things have been said about her: Marilyn was ambiguous, sweet, mediocre and great.
But along come the Sixties, and another artist is determined to become a star. As usual, Andy Warhol doesn't create or invent anything new. The starting point is a photograph that Gene Korman took during a photoshoot to promote the movie Niagara in 1953, in which the character played by Marilyn dies tragically.
Andy Warhol manipulates Korman's image of her, and the result is characterised by rich colors that he change from one screen print to the next, playing with complementary colors such as blue, red, green and pink. Warhol creates a totally new visual system, a new way of looking at things in tune with the society that we have brought about: where what counts is not to be but to appear.
Warhol got it right: he sensed the high symbolic value of the actress's life and her violent death and he contributed towards turning her into an icon that is destined to remain legendary. And she, Marilyn, or Norma Jean, illogical and contradictory, lived and acted out the craziness in our world. Whether in the movies or in reality, it makes no difference.
Mosaic made of glass paste tiles. Work commissioned by Mosaici Veneziani.
Dimensions: 50 x 50 cm.