« Andy Warhol-from A to B and back Again » at Withney Museum
#NEW YORK The Whitney Museum of American Art presents until March 31, 2019 “Andy Warhol-from A to B and back Again”. This is the first Warhol retrospective organized in the United States since 1989, it is also the most important in terms of messages and ideas as well as the works exhibited.
The title “Andy Warhol- from A to B and back Again” is taken from Warhol’s 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), a collection of aphoristic memoirs in which he gathers his thoughts on glory, love, beauty, class and money.
From his early work to Pop and silkscreen paintings, hand-painted photographs, films and portraits to his late work, the Whitney points out, details and reconsiders Warhol’s work in all its strength and diversity
The exhibition covers Warhol’s entire career with a chronological and thematic methodology approach. It thus highlights the scope, depth and interdependence of the artist’s production: We enter it through his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s. We focus first on the commercial and private works he produced between 1948 and 1960, then we look at his iconic masterpieces of Pop from the early 1960s. Then, his experimental work in cinema and other media in the 1960s and 1970s, his innovative use of ready-made abstraction and, of course, the paintings of the 1980s allow us to grasp the depth of his approach and his denunciation of consumer society.
The (re)discovery of this exhibition is an opportunity to reconsider the work of this immense, inventive and influential artist, whose iconic portraits have tended to stifle his purpose. It brings together all the aspects, media of Warhol’s forty-year career. Today, he remains an important precursor to many artists of the early 1980s, notably Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. The scenography, moreover, underlines the reciprocal nature of these influences by proposing a selection of Warhol’s collaborations.
Having landed in New York City from his native Pittsburgh in the summer of 1949, this young gay man made his way through that city, then into the art world and into the world of art for all eternity, at least for a little over a quarter of an hour.
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