Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again
“I’m still a commercial artist. I was always a commercial artist.” —Andy Warhol
Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, spanning a variety of media including painting, silkscreen, photography, film, and sculpture. The exhibition positions Warhol's career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn't slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968, but entered into a period of intense experimentation. The show illuminates the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of the artist’s production: from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic Pop masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the experimental work in film and other mediums from the 1960s and 70s, to his innovative use of readymade abstraction and the painterly sublime in the 1980s. His repetitions, distortions, camouflaging, incongruous color, and recycling of his own imagery challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons, anticipating the profound effects and issues of the current digital age. This is the largest monographic exhibition to date at the Whitney's new location, with more than 350 works of art, many assembled together for the first time.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Edited By Wenyue Xi