Museum Exhibit Visit!
After the New Year’s holiday weekend I was determined to check out the Andy Warhol exhibit that was on display at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Monday afternoon me and my Lil’ Sis went on an adventure to view the exhibit and catch the Urban Outfitters sale in Chinatown (we found major deals!).
The National Gallery of Art Andy Warhol exhibit was temporary and displayed Warhol’s Pop Culture Headline artwork. The exhibit was on display from September 25- January 2, 2012. The artwork on display is largely based on headlines from tabloid news that influenced him. There were approximately 80 pieces of work representing the range of Warhol’s practice from paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, film, video, and television. The headlines included many of his key subjects of choice from celebrity, death, disaster, and current events of the time. It was not permitted to take photographs while walking through the exhibit located on the third floor of the East building in The National Gallery of Art. But I managed to snap a few pics before fully entering the gallery. (Below are a few photographs)
Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928-February 22, 1987) is considered among the foremost American artists of the last century, he is also considered one of the most important 20th century artists in the world. Many young adults today may know him from his famous cans of Campbell’s Soup paintings or accessories and t-shirts with his artwork depicted in them. I know my first artwork of Warhol’s was a large purse with one of his paintings depicted on the front that I carried school books in. I am also a fan of his paintings and famous phrases. His supposed statement “in the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes” has become life reflecting art in today’s society of reality TV stars. Warhol’s influence is still indisputable in today’s society.
The exhibit was very intriguing and made you really stop and think about how pop culture influenced art and society during Warhol’s time and even now. For example Warhol’s artwork consisted of newspaper clippings from President Kennedy’s assassination to Madonna’s tabloid blurbs and everything in between. There was footage of an interview Warhol did during the early 80’s and in the interview you can get more of a feel of Warhol’s artistic demeanor. The exhibit is scheduled for display in Frankfurt, Rome, and Pittsburgh.