Warhol-From A to B and Back Again…

Warhol was an equal part prolific artist, generational huckster and gifted showman.

Warhol’s Elizabeth Taylor

He was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art.

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe

Yesterday I attended the Whitney Museum’s Member Preview of the Warhol Retrospective.

Warhol’s works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertising.

I loved the first floor dramatic grouping of portraits which were Warhol’s single largest body of work.

He took all the subject photos himself with a Polaroid camera and then put the images on silkscreen.

Warhol’s Debbie Harry

I remember when Warhol created my client, Debbie Harry’s, portrait.

Warhol’s Jacqueline Kennedy

He produced most of the commissioned portraits between 1968-1987. These works shed new light on the social, cultural and economic circles in which Warhol operated.

Think about it…his work was a precursor to today’s digital social networking platforms.

The fifth floor showcases the largest U.S. retrospective of the artists’s work to date.

Warhol’s Commercial Illustrations

His career began in the 1950s when he worked as a commercial illustrator.

Warhol’s take on plastic surgery “Before and After” 1962

There are over 350 works in the exhibit, including the following iconic pieces:

Self Portrait
(1948) Warhol’s Pittsburgh childhood living room done in watercolor on paper.
Warhol Mug Shoots
Warhol’s Drag Queens
Warhol’s Last Supper

Warhol’s Interview Covers

Warhol also founded Interview Magazine which had a 50 year lifespan. The magazine featured cult-favorite celebrities, who were asked what they ate for breakfast and whether they wore underwear to bed and wanted to live forever.

I can vouch for the content as I sat in during numerous interviews with such pop stars as Blondie and Billy Idol.

Take a break and make a point of seeing Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame, showcased on three floors at the Whitney Museum.

Untitled

Afterward, we stopped by Danny Meyer’s, Untitled Restaurant, attached to the museum for a drink and quick bite…a delectable afternoon.

Shrimp Lettuce Wrap

Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again Whitney Museum 99 Gansevoort Street New York City. Exhibit Runs November 12th, 2018-March 31st, 2019. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30am-6pm, Friday and Saturday 10:30am-10pm. Admission Pay-What-You-Wish on Fridays 7-10pm.

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