New Andy Warhol exhibits suggest ‘news was always at the center of Warhol’s life and art’

The New York Times

Can Andy Warhol, posthumously, do for newspapers what he once did for the simple soup can? That is, can he elevate something easily taken for granted and transform it into pop art? Holland Cotter thinks so. In an in-depth appraisal of two new “unalike but complementary” installments of the late artist’s paintings — “Warhol: Headlines” at the National Gallery of Art and “Andy Warhol: Shadows” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. — The New York Times art critic writes, “Serious or frivolous, the news was always at the center of Warhol’s life and art.”

The “Headlines” exhibit includes Warholian takes on early 1960s front pages from the New York Post, Daily News and defunct New York Mirror. Cotter notes that Warhol’s “news-based art is conspicuously tied [to] this theme: By the time most headlines are written, catastrophes are over. Today’s headline will be buried under tomorrow’s.” (Cotter’s story includes a slide show of Warhol art.) || Related: Warhol’s ‘Headlines’ exhibit paints the pop culture artist as media critic

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  • Dan

    Blindfolded. He just picked a bottle and pored it on the silkscreen. No
    kidding. He probably made hundreds that way .. or have some assistant do