While in NYC this week I managed to see “Warhol, A to B and Back Again” at The Whitney Museum of American Art”. My personal Warhol story goes like this. When I was in school at Parson’s, there was an illustration show featuring the famous fashion illustrator, “Antonio”. The students were all invited to the opening and, big surprise, Andy Warhol showed up! Apparently he was a good friend of Antonio. Andy was his celebrity self, dark glasses, shocking white hair, weaving his way though the crowd of admirers when my friend asked him to sign her shirt. He had her turn around and drew a large phallic symbol on the shirt back and scrolled his signature across the yoke of the white oxford button down. Classic Andy. I certainly hope she kept it!
Screen printing is now at the top of my, “must learn to do”, list for 2019. It was fascinating to watch films of him executing some of his famous works. I loved seeing the progression of his early commercial illustrations, the collages of golden shoes, (inspired by people he either knew or wanted to know, like Truman Capote), his graphic paintings, screen prints, films and creativity. The portrait hall was also pretty amazing. I think Aretha Franklyn was my favorite. His collaborative work with Jean Paul Basquiat was super interesting as they would take turns painting over what each artist considered to be the best bits of the work in progress. A love-hate relationship and wildly competitive. The show is up until March 31st if you are in the neighborhood:)