Fresh look at Warhol in the Big Apple

    Fresh look at Warhol in the Big Apple

    His Marilyn Monroe paintings and oversize soup cans are cultural icons, but in an exhibition opening Monday, New York’s Whitney Museum hopes to paint a new, more complex picture of Andy Warhol.

    These days, few dare to tackle the king of pop art: he has already been the subject of hundreds of exhibitions and retrospectives.

    But under the guidance of chief curator Donna De Salvo – who worked with Warhol before his death in 1987 – the modern and contemporary art museum is doing just that.

    De Salvo believes America’s last Warhol retrospective – in 1989 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art – “changed much of our thinking about Warhol but also left much unanswered.”

    From Campbell soups to Coca-Cola, Andrew Warhola – to use his birth name – played with the icons of his time, while tirelessly documenting his own life and work, to the point of becoming a brand himself.

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