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    Andy Warhol: The Last Decade

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    • January 31, 2010: Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first United States museum exhibition of the late works of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987) and the first major Warhol survey in New York since the 1989 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Created amid the frenetic activity of Warhol’s celebrity, the nearly fifty paintings on view reveal the artist’s vitality, energy, and 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, characterized by a dramatic transformation of his style and the introduction of new techniques.

      Warhol’s active social life, continuing business ventures, print projects, television productions, fashion engagements, and renewed interest in painting combined to make the artist’s final decade one of the busiest in his career. Beginning with the Oxidation series of 1977–78 and the screened Shadows initiated in 1978, he began exploring abstract art, a conceptual and stylistic break from his Pop imagery of the 1960s. Over the next ten years, his prolific output of paintings included a return to the figurative inspired by his collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring; black-and-white paintings based on magazine advertisements; psychologically revealing fright-wig self-portraits; the Camouflage works; and explorations of religious themes, including the Last Supper paintings, which infused Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Italian fresco with a pop sensibility and constituted the largest series that Warhol produced throughout his career.

      Together, these works demonstrate how Warhol simultaneously incorporated the screened image and pursued a reinvention of painting. Created alongside his commissioned portraits and print series, many of these late paintings were personal projects that were not exhibited until after the artist’s death on February 22, 1987.

      The works in the exhibition are on loan from private and public collections. Included are examples of the Oxidation series, in which urine is a component; the mysteriously evocative Shadows, some with diamond dust; a late example of Warhol’s iconic Campbell Soup (Tomato) from his Retrospectives and Reversals series; the Yarn paintings, a direct reference to Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings; monumental Rorschach paintings; and a version of The Last Supper, featuring images of Christ juxtaposed with a price tag and Mineola motorcycles, that is included in the Fort Worth and Brooklyn presentations only.

      Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition was curatedby 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.

      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.

      The New York Observer is media sponsor.

      An exhibition catalogue, published by the Milwaukee Art Museum and DelMonico Books, an imprint of Prestel Publishing, includes essays by Joseph D. Ketner II, Keith Hartley, and Gregory Volk, along with a contribution by Bruno Bischofberger and out-of-print essays by Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel.

      Tour Schedule:
      Milwaukee Art Museum: September 26, 2009–January 3, 2010
      Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth: February 14–May 16, 2010
      Brooklyn Museum: June 18–September 12, 2010
      Baltimore Museum of Art: October 17, 2010–January 9, 2011

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    • THE MOMENT; This Is Not a Blank CanvasApril 29, 2010 By OLIVER STRAND"LAST week I gave some bum advice to Rachel Feinstein. We were both navigating the D.I.Y. cocktail bar at the Brooklyn Museum at its Thursday night gala to celebrate the exhibition ''American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection,'' which meant selecting a glass from hundreds carefully arranged on a vast wood box; walking past the pile of..."
    • ART REVIEW; Andy Warhol, Outside His Comfort ZonesJune 18, 2010 By ROBERTA SMITH"In the 10 years before his sudden death at 58 in 1987 Andy Warhol had more new, good ideas about making paintings than he knew what to do with. But he rarely let on. Viewed in the unforgiving light of the New York art world, he had assumed the role of genius in decline or at least semiretirement. He was a celebrity in his own right, a gossip and..."
    • The ListingsJune 25, 2010 "ART Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art. Museums AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 'APPROACHING ABSTRACTION,' through Sept. 5. Self-taught artists are noted for producing weird, wacky and otherwise eccentric objects. This exhibition of about 60 works from the museum's permanent..."
    • The ListingsJuly 2, 2010 "Art Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art. Museums American Folk Art Museum: 'Approaching Abstraction,' through Sept. 5. Self-taught artists are noted for producing weird, wacky and otherwise eccentric objects. This exhibition of about 60 works from the museum's permanent..."
    • The ListingsJuly 9, 2010 "Art Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art. Museums American Folk Art Museum: 'Approaching Abstraction,' through Sept. 5. Self-taught artists are noted for producing weird, wacky and otherwise eccentric objects. This exhibition of about 60 works from the museum's permanent..."
    • Spare TimesJuly 16, 2010 By ANNE MANCUSO"Around Town Museums and Sites American Museum of Natural History Friday at 8:30 p.m., a bat walk in Central Park, led by members of the New York City Bat Group; $30; limited space, so registration is required: (212) 769-5200. Continuing exhibitions include ''Race to the End of the Earth'' (through Jan. 2); ''Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway..."
    • THE LISTINGSJuly 16, 2010 "Art Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art. Museums American Folk Art Museum: 'Approaching Abstraction,' through Sept. 5. Self-taught artists are noted for producing weird, wacky and otherwise eccentric objects. This exhibition of about 60 works from the museum's permanent..."
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