Andy Warhol is an artist we have grown up knowing.
His iconic graphics seeped into our minds from an early age; beginning at school when the Campbell’s Tomato Soup graphic seemed to hang in every school dining room, through to our college years when Marilyn Monroe became the it poster in your dorm, all the way to the modern day where Warhol prints seem to slot into the everyday scenario. We’ve grown up knowing who this white haired, bespectacled man was, so one might question why The Whitney decided it was time to host a retrospective of the artist, the first for 31 years. We know Andy Warhol already, don’t we? However, step inside the exhibition and your eyes will be pulled open into a deeper analysis of the iconic artist’s life and works.
The Whitney’s exhibition plots Warhol’s artistic life, starting when the artist was young and still living at home in Pittsburgh, and still named Andrew Warhola. It follows his earlier years working as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic Pop Masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the experimental work in film and other mediums from the 1960s and 70s and finally, to his innovative use of ready-made abstraction and the painterly sublime of the 1980s.
Warhol’s untimely death in 1987 saw an end to a wealth of creation however, his legacy has lived on for decades since and is sure to continue to ignite the imagination and creativity of its followers for many to come.
All imagery via The Whitney Museum