“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol
Yesterday, I attended a preview of the upcoming Andy Warhol retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan; Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. It is the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s first solo exhibition. I went a bit late in the day, parked my car (the gods of street parking were generous and found me a spot close to the museum on 5th avenue), and headed for the museum entrance. Since this was the first day of a five day preview for members, I was concerned that the crowds would make it difficult to enjoy the collection. I was nicely surprised as the crowds must have come earlier in the day.
Although there were others with me in the Tisch Galleries on the 2nd floor, there was plenty of elbow room and I moved with ease through the five sections and snapped a few photos to share with you. The exhibition showcased 50 works by Warhol and 100 from about 60 other artists and presented what was, as per the invitation: “prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his ground breaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.” The selections were far-ranging and engaging. Maybe too far-ranging for some critics. There were large and small pieces, video selections and wallpapered environments, and I spent the next two hours absorbed in a fantastic, somewhat chaotic Warholian world.
Until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol was the reigning king of Pop Art culture and a huge iconic influence on the innovative approach to creative uses of multimedia in the art world. The exhibition is divided into five sections to highlight what guest curator, Mark Rosenthal, and his team categorized as representing the broad phenomenon of the “Warhol effect.” The five thematic sections are: “Daily News: From Banality to Disaster,” “Portraiture: Celebrity and Power,” “Queer Studies: Shifting Identities,” “Consuming Images: Appropriation, Abstraction, and Seriality,” and “No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle.” Many of Warhol’s significant/signature works are included and innovative, even humorous pieces by other artists add a wonderful, eclectic depth to the show; highlighting his influence on many contemporary artists as well as his enduring legacy.
Andy Warhol Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: The Artist Who Created ‘Pop Art’
In the photos included in this post, I’ve separated them into the groupings created by the curators. The titles are pretty self explanatory; however, I’ve added some valuable information (in italics) from the The Met Museum’s page on the exhibition. The exhibition will open to the general public on Tuesday, September 18 through December 31, 2012. Museum hours are: Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m., and Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information visit: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. I loved the exhibit perhaps because I didn’t go with preconceived ideas of what it should or should not include… As Warhol once said, “Art is anything you can get away with.” I’ll encourage everyone to go see it. Enjoy the show!
“I wanted to paint nothing. I was looking for something that was the essence of nothing, and the soup can was it.” Andy Warhol
Daily News: From Banality to Disaster: “explores Warhol’s engagement with the imagery of everyday life, his interest in items of consumerist American culture in the 1960s, and his keen attention to advertising, tabloids, and magazines. Also includes works by artists “who share Warhol’s fascination with disaster or death.” Via The Met. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Ai Wei Wei, Sigmar Polke, Hans Haacke, Tom Sachs, Robert Gober, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.” Andy Warhol
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.” Via The Met. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Elizabeth Peyton, Karen Kilimnik, Cindy Sherman, Francesco Vezzoli, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julian Schnabel, Maurizio Cattelan, Alex Katz and Chuck Close.
“Exposure and attention make a work famous – the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves.” Andy Warhol
Queer Studies: Shifting Identities: “outlines Warhol’s importance as an artist who broke new ground in representing issues of sexuality and gender in the post-war period…” Via The Met. It includes works by others who added new ways of viewing queer identity. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Catherine Opie, Gilbert & George and John Currin.
“When you work with people who misunderstand you, instead of getting transmissions, you get transmutations, and that’s much more interesting in the long run.” Andy Warhol
Consuming Images: Appropriation, Abstraction, and Seriality: “explores Warhol’s formal strategies and groundbreaking use of pre-existing photographic sources, often endlessly repeated in grid patterns; his appropriation of art history; and his interest in abstraction…” Via The Met. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool, Gilbert & George, and John Baldessari.
“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Andy Warhol
No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle: “the final section of the exhibition—examines Warhol’s interest in artistic partnership through filmmaking, magazine publishing, music, and design….his fascination with creating environments that envelop the viewer entirely…” Via The Met. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Polly Apfelbaum and Cory Arcangel.
Additionally, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the contributions of this brilliant art icon, Target will market colorful cans of Campbell’s soup for 75c. If you visit New York City this fall, pay a visit to The Met and catch the exhibition. Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Are you familiar with Andy Warhol’s work? Would you recommend others that are comparable or uniquely different? Do you regularly explore the works of new artists and/or the power of creative action in your life? Do share! Thank you.
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Positive Motivation Tip: Art in all its forms is empowering and enlightening. It helps us preserve history while creating beauty. Seek your medium and create!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection. Except Target Campbell Soup cans via khaleejtimes.com
- Art Review: ‘Regarding Warhol’ at the Metropolitan Museum (nytimes.com)
- Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (letstalkoffbroadway.typepad.com)
- Warhol’s art influence shown at the Met (reuters.com)
- Considering Warhol: Inside the Met’s New Exhibition on Andy (vanityfair.com)
- Campbell’s reveals special edition Andy Warhol cans (lostateminor.com)
- Liz Taylor Thank You Note to Andy Warhol (silverbirchpress.wordpress.com)