- Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again
- Coming To Art Institute of Chicago Oct. 20 - Jan. 26, 2020
We’ve (me, I’m we’ve) been lamenting over the fact that for about three or so years now since the super popular and viral “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms,” exhibit in 2016, The Art Institute of Chicago has lacked in presenting a truly blockbuster, daily lines, talk of the town in many different circles art exhibit but the tide’s about to turn with the upcoming Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again exhibit set to make its Chicago debut starting October 20 through January 26, 2020.
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York organized Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again where it was first shown from November 12, 2018 through March 31, 2019 before going on a national tour which began at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (May 19–September 2, 2019) and culminating in Chicago at the Art Institute starting October 20.
Illinois’ richest man who sits both on the Board of Trustees of The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Art Institute, Kenneth C. Griffin, provided leadership ($$$) support of Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again. Another deep pocketed Chicagoan, Neil Bluhm, was also involved in backing the exhibit, the first major Andy Warhol retrospective organized by a US institution in 30 years.
Before Instagram, Snapchat or even celeb culture as we know it today, there was Andy Warhol who gained fame in the 1960s for his pop art masterpieces, widely known and reproduced works that often eclipse his equally significant late work as well as his crucial beginnings in the commercial art world: Campbell’s Soup cans, silk printed Marilyn Monroe Diptych.
This exhibition brings together all aspects and periods of his varied and prolific career and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, videos, archival and printed material, installation, films, and media works. By showcasing the full continuum of Warhol’s work, rather than focusing on a certain period, this presentation demonstrates that the artist didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968 but entered into a period of intense experimentation until his untimely death in 1987.
In addition to the pieces of art work, there was also a three-part video series produced by the Whitney for the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again. The series of short videos, takes a fresh look at Andy Warhol with appearances by notable contemporary artists, scholars, cultural producers, curators and influencers, such as Jeff Koons, Hank Willis Thomas, Deborah Kass, Peter Halley, Sasha Wortzel, Virgil Abloh and Richard Meyer speaking about iconic works on view along with the exhibition’s curator, Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s Deputy Director for International Initiatives and senior curator. Some who knew Warhol, “reflect upon a number of Warhol’s most radical and visionary ideas; the ways in which he influenced not only the trajectory of contemporary art, but contemporary culture more broadly; and his prescience with regard to our digital age.” The aim of the digital shorts, is to help create a new kind of portrait of the artist that considers his relevance in our current moment.
“Warhol was a myth when he was alive, and he’s even more of a myth now. To humanize Warhol and get people to actually look at what he made is not as easy as it might sound.”
—Donna De Salvo, curator, Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again
The exhibition is organized by Donna De Salvo, Whitney Museum’s Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, with Christie Mitchell, senior curatorial assistant, and Mark Loiacono, curatorial research associate, features works from the Whitney’s exhibition, as well archival material, including footage of the artist at work.
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again will open to the public at the Art Institute of Chicago from October 20, 2018 through January 26, 2020.
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