The National Gallery of Art opened its first Andy Warhol exhibit Sunday, with "Headlines," a series of paintings that uses tabloids to describe culture.

The original New York Post headline from 1985 was about photos of Madonna in Playboy.

Exhibit curator Molly Donovan tells NPR that "for Warhol, the media -- its impact, how it operated -- was a preoccupation."

"I think Warhol was trying to get the consumers of the news to think about the truth in the news overall," Donovan says. "The news is a product that we buy, as consumers."

Warhol created the paintings by projecting a tabloid image onto a canvas, then tracing it. The artist, who died in 1987, believed the media reflected its subjects and so loved the name, New York Daily Mirror.