“…potent visual inspiration, grandly realized…[Stands] up to the strongest art made by anyone else, anywhere, at any time. See it.”
Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker
Andy Warhol. The Last Supper. 1986. Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
“I don't think art should be only for the select few, I think it
should be for the mass of American people...”
©2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum exhibition to explore the late works of this iconic American artist. These more than 50 inventive, experimental, and intensely personal works reveal Warhol’s energetic return to painting and renewed spirit of experimentation during the last decade of his life.
The exhibition explores a surprising side of Warhol. An artist of constant reinvention, by the late 1970s, he had evolved from the hard-working commercial artist of the 1950s, through the Pop Art movement of the 60s, into an international celebrity famous for his experimental films and widely recognized screenprinted images of soup cans and superstars. The last decade of his life shows Warhol in the midst of his fame creating more paintings and on a vastly larger scale than at any other moment of his 40-year career. These extraordinary works are assembled from national and international public and private collections, as well as the BMA’s exceptional collection of late works by Warhol.
Highlights include psychologically revealing fright wig self-portraits, three variations on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and collaborations with younger artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat that reveal the dramatic transformation of Warhol’s artistic style. He introduces new techniques, reengages in the physical act of art making, and explores painting in a culture awash with commercial and photographic imagery. Through these works, several not exhibited until after the artist's death, Warhol continually asks viewers to contemplate celebrity (including his own), glamour, and death in the contemporary era.
Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the exhibition was curated by Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art, Emerson College, Boston. It is organized in Baltimore by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman. The BMA is the last stop on a national tour: Milwaukee Art Museum (September 26, 2009–January 3, 2010), Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth (February 14–May 16, 2010), Brooklyn Museum (June 18–September 12, 2010).
Generously sponsored by The Rouse Company Foundation and The Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Exhibition Endowment Fund. Additional support provided by Jeffrey and Harriet Legum. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Media sponsor is City Paper.
Take a step back into the culturally rich era of the 70s and 80s. Explore a timeline of events that informed Warhol’s art and American culture, and spot celebrities in a giant photomontage of Warhol’s images. You can also watch an episode of Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes on MTV, flip through copies of Interview magazine, and listen to music that defined a generation.
SEPT 22, 2010 – JAN 16, 2011
New York-based artists Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker respond to our digitally mediated and multi-authored era with lively environments built from screenprinted images, tables, paint cans, and drywall.
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In addition to the 14 Warhol paintings from the BMA’s collection featured in Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, the Museum will have other works by Warhol on view concurrently in the West Wing.
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