On October 2, to celebrate the exhibition of Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, the Milwaukee Art Museum, an architectural landmark by Eero Saarinen and Santiago Calatrava will light up pink. The first US museum to focus a show on the seminal pop artist's final years, the survey runs through January 3, 2010, before heading on a national tour.
Rather than the iconic Campbell Soup cans and Elizabeth Taylor portraits, Andy Warhol: The Last Decade demonstrates a prolific period in the artist's 40-year career, before his death in 1987. Close to 50 works include abstract paintings, collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, and his final "fright wig" self-portraits. Warhol's distinctive pop imagery is present, but on larger scale, not mass produced.
A central figure of the 1960s Pop Art movement, Warhol was early to brand his works. The exhibit shows several series: the Oxidation Paintings, Yarn, Rorschachs, Camouflage, Black and White Ads, works based on Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," and the critically acclaimed, more experimental Shadows paintings.
In the museum's Collection Galleries, Andy Warhol: Pop Star features prints from the Marilyn and Mao portfolios. Also the renowned screen test videos from the 1960s, featuring actors such as Edie Sedgwick and Dennis Hopper are on display, as well as "Andy Warhol's 15-Minutes" series for MTV.
There are several presentations and lectures during the course of the exhibition, revealing various aspects of the artist's persona, such as "Andy Warhol: Camouflage Man" with Thomas Sokolowski, director of Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum, speaking of his sense of celebrity and mystery.
The museum's catalogue to accompany Andy Warhol: The Last Decade includes 155 images of his visuals and essays by contemporaries Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel.
Following Milwaukee, the exhibition travels to:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (February 14-May 16, 2010)
Brooklyn Museum (June 18-September 12, 2010)
Baltimore Museum of Art (October 17, 2010-January 9, 2011)