Jeremy Deller ‘Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol’

Installation view, 'Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol', Modern Art, Oxford, 2014
Modern Art Oxford

ove is Enough draws together iconic and rarely seen works by two giants of the 19th and 20th centuries. This unconventional combination of artists’ work is curated by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller who cites Morris and Warhol as his two greatest artistic influences.

Deller draws many surprising connections between these two artists who left an indelible mark on their generations and arguably those that followed. Morris and Warhol both established printmaking businesses and distributed their work through new forms of mass production. Both were natural collaborators who worked with the prominent artists of their time to develop working methods that did much to redefine the artist’s relationship to the studio and factory. Morris achieved this through his mastering of craft techniques and his rejection of industrial processes and Warhol through the activities of the Factory, which often parodied the industrial culture of the mid-late 20th century.

Works sourced from public and private collections across the UK and the USA include a panel from the epic and rarely seen Holy Grail tapestry series completed by William Morris in 1896. Alongside will be shown a selection of Warhol’s iconic silkscreens and archival material from the treasure-trove that is the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, including a signed photograph of Shirley Temple posted to a thirteen-year old Andy from the actress in 1941.