Warhol's Iconography Explored at The Met
Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at the Met
We know him as one of the most iconic, controversial and influential artists of the C.20th, but it’s taken until now for the reach and nature of Andy Warhol’s influence to be fully explored. Until December 31, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art brings to light a decade and genre-transcending artistic discourse that began with just one man, and that has gone on to include dozens of artists from across the world, in the comprehensive Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years exhibition.
The exhibition’s 45 Warhol paintings, sculptures and films are grouped into five thematic subsections, and juxtaposed with 100 works by 60 artists based on their key re-interpretive and responsive qualities. Daily News: From Banality to Disaster focuses on Warhol’s exploration of everyday imagery and consumerism, and features connecting pieces by Damien Hirst and Ai Wei Wei. Warhol’s fascination with celebrities including Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe is highlighted in the Portraiture: Celebrity and Power segment, with contrasting works by Warhol contemporaries including Elizabeth Peyton. Queer Studies: Shifting Identities, Consuming Images: Appropriation, Abstraction and Seriality and No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration and Spectacle explore Warhol’s sexuality-inspired, abstract grid and synergetic works respectively, and include pieces by artists such as Richard Avedon, Richard Prince and Jeff Koons.