Warhol Exhibit Makes ‘Headlines’ at National Gallery
There is weird, and then there is Andy Warhol.
The white-haired, androgynous creature was famous for his pop art, and his “Marilyn,” “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and “Maos” pieces were as strange as they come. Like him or not, at the very least the cat is interesting and helped spearhead a movement, turning trash culture into high art. That’s more than I’ve done … yet.
Did he succeed? Yes and no. Like a lot of things, it depends on who you are and from what perspective you view things.
From his Factory days playing Svengali to The Velvet Underground (and forcing the beautiful and nutty Nico on the band), to making avant-garde films and helping lead the aforementioned pop art movement, Andy Warhol was one of a kind. To that end, the National Gallery of Art celebrates the man who said “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” with “Warhol: Headlines.”
(Still waiting …)
(Oh … yeah, where was I, uh, Warhol, Andy. OK, focus … still not famous …)
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“Warhol had a lifelong obsession with the sensational side of contemporary news media, and examples of his source materials for the works of art will be presented for comparison, revealing Warhol’s role as both editor and author.”
There will be approximately 80 works on hand, and you’ll get the full treatment in many mediums – paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, video, television and film – to whet your Warhol weirdness appetite.
The free event is actually part of a touring exhibit, so catch it while it’s here from September 25 to January 2, 2012. “Warhol: Headlines” will be located in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Northwest.
The gallery is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th streets at Constitution Avenue, N.W., and is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’s closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
There are a quite few Metro stations nearby, with the Judiciary Square stop on the Red Line your best bet.