|93||Whitney Museum of American Art / Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again
Environmental, print, and digital systems; graphic and interaction design; identity system concept development
Environmental, print, and digital systems; graphic and interaction design; identity system concept development.
This case study is in progress. Images will include early concept development and sketches.
This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.
The exhibition positions Warhol's career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn't slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968, but entered into a period of intense experimentation. The show illuminates the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of the artist’s production: from his beginnings 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, to his innovative use of readymade abstraction and the painterly sublime in the 1980s. His repetitions, distortions, camouflaging, incongruous color, and recycling of his own imagery challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons, anticipating the profound effects and issues of the current digital age.
Photographs by Ron Amstutz.
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again
Nov 12, 2018–Mar 31, 2019
Exhibition organized by Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, with Christie Mitchell, senior curatorial assistant, and Mark Loiacono, curatorial research associate.
Design: Andrew Chee, Virginia Chow, Joel Fear, Hilary Greenbaum, Albert Hicks IV, and Liz Plahn; in collaboration with Ella Viscardi.
The Whitney Museum of American Art's Graphic Design Department during this time included Andrew Chee, Virginia Chow, Joel Fear, Albert Hicks IV, and Liz Plahn, directed by Hilary Greenbaum; in collaboration with Haley Kattner Allen, Andrew Galloway, Kayla Van der Byl, Ella Viscardi, Danny Lian, and Eduardo Mendez.
A full case study for each of the above exhibitions is in the works and will be mirrored on Are.na.