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Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

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From soup cans to celebrity portraits, electric chairs to album covers, the images of Andy Warhol are among the most recognized and celebrated the world over.

This major retrospective—the first to be organized by a US institution in 30 years—builds on the wealth of new research, scholarship, and perspectives that has emerged since Andy Warhol’s early death in 1987. More than 350 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that Warhol anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.

Warhol gained fame in the 1960s for his Pop masterpieces, widely known and reproduced works that often eclipse his equally significant late work as well as his crucial beginnings in the commercial art world. This exhibition brings together all aspects and periods of his varied and prolific career and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, videos, archival and printed material, installation, films, and media works. By showcasing the full continuum of Warhol’s work, rather than focusing on a certain period, this presentation demonstrates that the artist didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968 but entered into a period of intense experimentation.

Warhol’s genius lay in his ability to identify cultural patterns and to deploy images not only as representations, but also as generative vehicles. Through repetition, distortion, camouflage, and the recycling of images—and his own unique persona—Warhol continues to challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons.

This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Leadership support of Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again is provided by Kenneth C. Griffin.

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Major support for the exhibition in Chicago is provided by Caryn and King Harris, The Harris Family Foundation.

The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago is the Lead Affiliate Sponsor.

Additional funding is contributed by the Shure Charitable Trust, Maureen and Edward Byron Smith Jr. Family Endowment Fund, Constance and David Coolidge, Robert J. Buford, Penelope and Robert Steiner, William and Robin Downe, Cairy and Thomas Brown, Margot Levin Schiff and the Harold Schiff Foundation, and Lauren G. Robishaw.

Members of the Exhibitions Trust provide annual leadership support for the museum’s operations, including exhibition development, conservation and collection care, and educational programming. The Exhibitions Trust includes an anonymous donor; Neil Bluhm and the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation; Jay Franke and David Herro; Kenneth Griffin; Caryn and King Harris, The Harris Family Foundation; Robert M. and Diane v.S. Levy; Ann and Samuel M. Mencoff; Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel; Anne and Chris Reyes; Cari and Michael J. Sacks; and the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


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