Thousands visit Hull's Ferens Art Gallery for Andy Warhol exhibition
MORE than 7,500 art-lovers have flocked to the Andy Warhol exhibition in Hull in its opening ten days.
About 800 people also attended the preview of the pop artist's work at Ferens Art Gallery in Queen Victoria Square.
Displayed in three galleries, the 80 pieces include Warhol's famous Campbell's Soup images, silkscreen posters and the exotic Birth of Venus photograph, inspired by Sandro Botticelli's 15th-century painting.
Hull City Council is hailing the pop art exhibition a huge success.
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Councillor Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: "The name Warhol seems to have the potential to capture and fire people's imagination.
"It's exciting to see the Ferens continuing its partnership with the nationals to inspire young people."
Pop art fans can see how Warhol interweaved the worlds of fine art, pop culture and consumerism through the film presentation, quotations and images.
Simon Green, assistant head of service for leisure and culture, said they had been surprised by the response so far.
He said: "We always hoped that such a high-profile exhibition would have a great impact but the response at our preview evening and over the first week has been astounding.
"It is extremely exciting to be involved in such a productive partnership that can bring such great benefit to the city."
In addition to Warhol's work, the gallery has put together a room crammed with memorabilia from the colourful era and Robert Whitaker's Hull In 1968 series of photographs, including cheeky lads playing in a city street.
Volunteers aged 18 to 25 have been closely involved in the show, helping gallery staff to make it more accessible to a young audience.