Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Self-Portrait, 1986. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm). Mugrabi Collection. © 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
June 18–September 12, 2010
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.
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Using their cell phones, visitors can hear additional perspectives on Warhol from his longtime studio executive manager Vincent Fremont and curator Joseph Ketner. Bring your phone and look for artworks with labels like this:
Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman introduces the exhibition.
The sound was BAD BAD BAD Could hardly hear what they were saying I really expect more from the BM Thanks for listening gd
It's taken me a long time, but I'm learning to appreciate this era of art. Loved the exhibition!!
Very intriguing. I'm more fascinated by these pieces than I am by what you're more likely to encounter on a regular basis.
This exhibit was so exquisite, i nearly lost it! My goodness the color scheme the lighting the bifurcation, my mind is ready to braingasm!!!!!!
Cell phone audio guide idea is great, but there is no cell phone signal in the first floor. Great exposition
Dear Curator, You totally misunderstood my abstract work in 12 parts made with urine and metallic paints. Here I was making abstract art in the tradition of Jasper Johns and Bob Raushenberg (who had shunned me) by in essence taking a piss on them.