Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works
CategoryExhibit, Past Exhibits
Open May 14, 2016 – September 25, 2016
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), son of Rusyn immigrants from Slovakia, is probably the most documented artist of the 20th century, a promotional genius who defined the modern model of celebrity artist. Not for him 15 minutes of fame. And that last reference to his clever, highly quotable philosophy about life and art encapsulates Warhol’s appeal. He was able to get to the heart of the matter in a simple way. As he once said, “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”
Most of the large-scale prints in the exhibition are from two series, Myths, created in 1981, and Cowboys and Indians, created in 1986, the last series made before his death in 1987. Myths includes Warhol’s take on such figures as the Wicked Witch of the West, Superman, and Mickey Mouse. Cowboys and Indians pays homage to the likes of John Wayne, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
The show, which is on loan from private collectors Wesley and Missy Cochran, also includes two pieces from Flash Suite, a series made in 1968 that documents the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.