Last Chance to See Andy Warhol’s Monumental Exhibition at the Whitney Museum
Lasting for three months, the exhibition “ANDY WARHOL- FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN” at the Whitney Museum of American Art will finally close on Mar 31st, 2019. Although the artist has left so many marks around us in this city- museums, galleries, and auction, this exhibition which includes over 350 works is indeed his first full retrospective organized by a U.S. institution in 31 years since 1989.
Andy Warhol’s works, persona, and entourage never lose their currency. Perhaps no American artist other than Warhol is so ever-present and instantly recognizable. Warhol is not only the leading figure of pop art, a cultural constant, but the spokesman of the receding older generation. This exhibition hold by the Whitney Museum is a reconsideration of the work of one of the most influential and controversial artists. It shows a retrospective emphasizing on his very early pre-pop career and his underestimated late period, revealing an enigma about a Warhol we might not know. The exhibition is so seriously and carefully edited and curated that, as the museum’s director Adam Weinberg says, this is the magnum opus of the Whitney’s senior curator Donna De Salvo. One of the great scholars of postwar American art, which for all practical purposes was anchored in New York, she has a thorough, nuanced knowledge of Warhol and his time.
According to the Whitney’s official exhibition page, this Andy Warhol 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.”