Work Of Art: The Last Decade–Andy Warhol Exhibit [Brooklyn Museum]

Brilliance— The passion, power and personality felt escaping the radiant hues and complex concepts collaged across the canvases paraded by Avant Garde-inspired artist Andy Warhol solidify statements of evolution, creative escape, subconscious questioning, and the truth that what is natural is spiritual–having the ability to transform into organic images of beauty while remaining an honest reflection of self, feeling, and perception.

A legacy of glamorized commercial success–crafting the artistry for many major advertising campaigns,  including his acclaimed Campbell’s Soup image–smoothly segwayed into an exploration of abstract art–Life-sized canvases aligned to portray various identities of one image to Basquiat accompanied political portraits layered in message and style–eventually inspiring Interview Magazine and his self-hosted television series. His influence to the intellectual understanding of artistry is among the greats and his brand carries a reveranced title of risk, reward, and revolution.

The Andy Warhol Exhibit entitled The Last Decade is running through September 12th at the Brooklyn Museum:

#PEEP the Description (via BKMUSEUM):

June 18–September 12, 2010

Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor 

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor 

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Encompassing nearly fifty works, the exhibition reveals the artist’s vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. It was a decade of great artistic development for him, during which a dramatic transformation of his style took place alongside the introduction of new techniques.

Warhol continued to expand upon his artistic and business ventures with commissioned portraits, print series, television productions, and fashion projects, but he also reengaged with painting. In the late 1970s, he developed a new interest in abstraction, first with his Oxidations and Shadows series and later with his Yarn, Rorschach, and Camouflage paintings. His return to the hand-painted image in the 1980s was inspired by collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring. The exhibition concludes with Warhol’s variations on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, one of the largest series of his career. Together, these works provide an important framework for understanding Warhol’s late career by showing how he simultaneously incorporated the screened image and pursued a reinvention of painting.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition was curated by Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art, Emerson College, Boston. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum. A catalogue published by Prestel accompanies this exhibition.

The Brooklyn presentation is supported by the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, Inc., and Fashion Concepts, Inc.

New York Observer logo is media sponsor.

#DOPE #CLASSIC #GENIUS  –@allthingsmitch


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