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Connect with the BMA's Last Decade Lounge online to experience the times and culture that shaped—and were shaped—by Andy Warhol. Here’s a glimpse:
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Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait with Skull. 1978. Collection of Anthony d'Offay. ©2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol. Detail. The Last Supper. 1986. Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. ©2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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View highlights of Andy Warhol's career, Pop Culture & World Events, 1977-1987
Studio 54 opens in New York. Warhol is a regular, along with his friends Halston, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, and other celebrities.
Warhol produces a number of self portraits—including Self Portrait (Strangulation), and begins work on his Shadow series, a major leap into abstraction.
At the request of BMW, Warhol hand paints an M1 racing car for the 24-hour Le Mans race, and continues his painting experimentation, begun with the self portraits, using silkscreen ink and acrylic on Mona Lisa.
A lifelong practicing Catholic, Warhol meets Pope John Paul II in Vatican City.
Warhol furthers his quest for celebrity and ties to the fashion industry by signing on with the modeling agency Zoli.
Andy Warhol's T.V. begins airing on the Madison Square Garden cable channel. The series features celebrity guests, including fashion designers, models, musicians, and artists. He begins work on his Eggs paintings.
Warhol is commissioned by Florentine yarn manufacturer Filpucci to create paintings using its products—the abstract Yarn paintings emerge from this commission. His celebrity also leads to a Japanese TV commercial advertising cassette tapes for global electronics company TDK.
Warhol begins a collaboration with younger artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente, and their work is exhibited at the Bruno Bischofberger Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. He also guest stars as a bartender in a music video for The Cars’ single Hello Again.
Warhol paints Absolut Warhol advertisements for Absolut Vodka and exhibits his Invisible Sculpture—consisting of a pedestal, a wall label, and the artist himself—at the nightclub Area. Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes begins airing on MTV. Warhol appears as a guest star on The Love Boat and in a commercial for Diet Coke.
The new studio where he’d moved in 1984 makes it possible for Warhol to begin working on a massive scale, including his Camouflage series and works based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Warhol travels to Milan for the opening of the exhibition of his Last Supper paintings in a gallery across the street from Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, site of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper fresco. Warhol is admitted to New York Hospital for gallbladder surgery and dies from post-surgical complications on February 22. He is buried near his parents in a suburban Pittsburgh cemetery.
More than 1,300 people took to the dance floor, galleries, and Last Decade Lounge at the BMA on Saturday, Oct. 30 for WARHOL LATE NIGHT. The 70s-inspired dance party featured Superflydisco, screenprinting and painting workshops, after-hours access to Warhol: The Last Decade, the world premiere of Three Andys by Single Carrot Theatre, the international phenomena Literary Death Match, cash bar, light fare, and much more.