Andy Warhol – The Met

REGARDING WARHOL

SIXTY ARTISTS, FIFTY YEARS at THE MET

Yes Andy Warhol has been a great influence on many artist. I’m on the list, just not as famous as those in the current exhibit at the Met in NYC. If you’re in the area, don’t miss this exploration of an American icon. The last show I saw of Warhol was at MOMA. Who would have thought that his art would one day be at the Met?

artist - Jackie Jacobson

Andy Warhol

Sixty Artists - Fifty Years

About the Exhibition

For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol exerted an enormous impact on contemporary art, but no exhibition has yet explored the full nature or extent of that influence. Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

“Daily News: From Banality to Disaster”

Andy Warhol - American Culture 1960

Left: Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962. Acrylic, silkscreen, and graphite on canvas, 82 3/8 x 57 in. (209.2 x 144.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Right: Ai Weiwei (Chinese, born 1957). Neolithic Vase with Coca-Cola Logo, 2010. Paint on Neolithic vase (5,000-3,000 BC), 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (24.8 x 24.8 x 24.8 cm). Mary Boone, New York

explores Warhol’s engagement with the imagery of everyday life, his interest in items of consumerist American culture in the 1960s, and its his keen attention to advertising, tabloids, and magazines. This section also examines the connection to later artists who also appropriate objects from the supermarket or the department store or share Warhol’s fascination with disaster or death, including Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and Ai Wei Wei.

Portraiture: Celebrity and Power

Andy Warhol - Portraits

Left: Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Red Jackie, 1964. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Right: Alex Katz (American, born 1927). Lita, 1964. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 1/8 in. (152.4 x 152.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of Lita Hornick, 1991 © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

“Portraiture: Celebrity and Power” looks at Warhol’s engagement with portraiture to illuminate contemporary artists’ continuing interest in the issues of fame or infamy in the age of the tabloid. Here the best of Warhol’s notable portraits of celebrities are paired with contemporary examples by Elizabeth Peyton, Karen Kilimnik, and Cindy Sherman. Warhol’s practice of society portraiture of the 1970s, as well as his artistic engagement with political figures, is explored here through links with the work of artists who take this practice in new directions.

No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle

Andy Warhol - Flowers

Left: Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Flowers, 1964. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm). Mugrabi Collection © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Right: Jeff Koons (American, born 1955). Wall Relief with Bird, 1991. Polychromed wood, 72 x 50 x 27 in. (182.9 x 127 x 68.6 cm). Private collection © Jeff Koons

the final section of the exhibition—examines Warhol’s interest in artistic partnership through filmmaking, magazine publishing, music, and design. Also foregrounded is his fascination with creating environments that envelop the viewer entirely. Warhol’s frequent use of decorative motifs, such as flowers, are part of this practice, and are contrasted with similar work by artists such as Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami.

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