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happy birthday Andy Warhol! (party at The Whitney ++ tix on sale for upcoming retrospective)

Self-Portrait (Fright Wig)
via Andy Warhol Museum

Today (8/6) would’ve been pop art icon Andy Warhol‘s 90th bithday and NYC’s The Whitney is celebrating with a birthday party at noon in the museum’s lobby, with cupcakes. It’s also when tickets go on sale for The Whitney’s upcoming Warhol exhibit, “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again,” which runs November 12, 2018 – March 31, 2019. Here’s more:

The exhibition positions Warhol’s career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968, but entered into a period of intense experimentation. The show illuminates the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of the artist’s production: from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic Pop masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the experimental work in film and other mediums from the 1960s and 70s, to his innovative use of readymade abstraction and the painterly sublime in the 1980s. His repetitions, distortions, camouflaging, incongruous color, and recycling of his own imagery challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons, anticipating the profound effects and issues of the current digital age.

The Warhol exhibit will be the single largest art show at The Whitney since it moved to its new location in 2015.

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