- Title: 'Holistic' Warhol retrospective set to open at New York's Whitney Museum
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) PAN OUT OF ANDY WARHOL'S 1973 PAINTING, "MAO," TO CROWD AT "ANDY WARHOL - FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN" RETROSPECTIVE AT WHITNEY MUSEUM VIEW OF "MAO" PAINTING PAN UP FROM CROWD TO WALL AT EXHIBIT FEATURING MORE OF WARHOL'S "MAO" SERIES TELEVISION ON STAND IN FRONT OF "MAO" SERIES FEATURING WARHOL WARHOL'S SKETCHES ON DISPLAY CROWD IN FRONT OF SKETCHES PAN OUT OF CROWD IN FRONT OF SKETCHES PAN UP FROM WARHOL'S "DANCE DIAGRAM  [FOX TROT: "THE DOUBLE TWINKLE-MAN," ON DISPLAY TO WARHOL'S 1962 PAINTING, "CAMPBELL SOUP CANS" GENERAL OF "CAMPBELL SOUP CANS" CLOSE OF A SOUP CAN PAN OF ROW OF COUP CANS WHITNEY MUSEUM CHIEF CURATOR, DONNA DE SALVO, WALKING IN FRONT OF "CAMPBELL SOUP CANS" (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITNEY MUSEUM CHIEF CURATOR, DONNA DE SALVO, SAYING: "Well, I mean the exhibition is really very formal. It walks people us through the early work of Warhol when he was a commercial illustrator working in the fashion industry in New York. And then through the pop work, the more revolutionary, paradigm-shifting way of making a painting. But also the work that Warhol was making after the '60s, and often the work that people saw as maybe not as important, not as interesting, was not critically well-received. So this exhibition is an attempt to really see the whole as much as one can with any one artist. But it's holistic." TIME-LAPSE OF CROWD AT WARHOL SHOW VARIOUS OF WARHOL'S 1962 "COCA COLA (3) SERIES" PAN FROM PEOPLE ON FLOOR AT EXHIBIT TO WARHOL'S ELVIS (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITNEY MUSEUM CHIEF CURATOR, DONNA DE SALVO, SAYING: "I do think that he understood something about the strong - I think he was interested himself - in celebrity culture. As a young boy, he was interested in Shirley Temple, and wrote away to get publicity photographs. Warhol comes out of an age, actually, where radio was surprisingly was what he grew up with, and then eventually television. But he also looks at every moment in the culture, and the rise of different technologies to deliver information. As an artist, he's very astute. I always believe sometimes, oftentimes, artists are ahead. They're able to see things that the rest of us haven't seen or don't know." GENERAL OF WARHOL'S SKETCHES OF SKULLS VARIOUS CLOSES OF SKETCHES OF SKULLS GENERAL OF WARHOL'S 1976, "SKULLS" VARIOUS CLOSES OF "SKULLS" PAN UP FROM PEOPLE AT EXHIBITION TO WARHOL'S C. 1981-82, "CROSSES" GENERAL OF "CROSSES" "CROSSES" SET AGAINST OTHER PAINTINGS WARHOL'S COLLABORATIONS WITH JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT ON DISPLAY GENERAL OF 1985 COLLABORATION, "PARAMOUNT PICTURES" CROWD AT EXHIBIT PAN OUT OF EXHIBIT SIGN, "ANDY WARHOL; FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN" PAN OF SIGN AT WHITNEY MUSEUM THAT READS, "WHITNEY WARHOL" TO MUSEUM EXTERIOR
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 22:49
- Keywords: Andy Warhol Whitney Museum Pop Art Mao Campbell Soup Cans
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA00195ICXUH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Few 20th Century artists explored and merged the topics of commercial culture, celebrity and media quite the way Andy Warhol did. And for the first time since 1989, his adopted hometown of New York is gearing up for a retrospective of his life's work.
Hosted at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District near Manhattan's West Village, the show is spread out across three floors at the museum. More than 350 works are on display, some of which are on loan from other museums, collections and galleries for the retrospective.
As its name suggests, "Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again," the exhibition is not modest in its aim to capture the whole of Warhol's iconic oeuvre. And so the landmark "Soup Cans" are front and center at the show, as are "Coca Cola (3)," "Mao" and other famed works.
"This exhibition is an attempt to really see the whole as much as one can with any one artist," the Whitney Museum's Chief Curator, Donna De Salvo, told Reuters. "But it's holistic."
Indeed, the show makes pains to provide equal footing to Warhol's earlier sketches and lesser known works, such as series devoted to disasters and the occult.
Towards the end of his four-decade career, Warhol collaborated with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the pair's joint work serves as a bookend to displays devoted to Warhol's early work, which grew out of his time in New York's advertising business in the 1950's.
Politics serves as the elephant in the room for any artistic collection in 2018, De Salvo noted at the viewing of the exhibition. But while the retrospective was organized without U.S. President Donald Trump in mind, she said, it's hard to consider Warhol's favorites subject matters in 2018 without Trump in mind.
Indeed, many are taking a new look at the power of celebrity and media in the age of Trump, perhaps Warhol saw it all coming.
"As an artist, he's very astute," De Salvo told Reuters. "I always believe, sometimes, oftentimes artists are ahead. They're able to see things that the rest of us haven't seen or don't know."
The show will open to the public on November 12, 2018 and will run until March 31, 2019 at New York's Whitney Museum.
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