Andy Warhol: Revelation will mark the first presentation to examine the Pop master’s complex Catholic faith in relation to his artistic practice.
The exhibition – at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the United States – will feature more than 100 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, including archival materials, drawings, paintings, prints and films.
Warhol was deeply influenced by the religious art he saw in the Byzantine Catholic church he attended as a boy with his family.
Although he retained some of his Catholic practices as a celebrity artist, Warhol rarely spoke about his faith, simply stating to Interview magazine in 1975, “I think it’s really pretty to go to church. The church I go to is a pretty church. They have so many masses.”
The exhibition will present a fresh perspective on the Pop artist, who frequently used Christian motifs in both explicit and metaphorical forms throughout his oeuvre.
An early example of Warhol’s faith-inspired aesthetics is the unfinished film, Sunset, which was originally commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil for the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio, Texas.
The piece, which focuses on spirituality, notably features German singer-songwriter Nico reading poetry over the course of its 33-minute duration.
Religion became a particularly important subject in Warhol’s oeuvre during the last 10 years of his life.
At the time, the advent of AIDS intensified his religious faith as testified in his Ads And Illustrations series, on which Warhol worked in the mid-1980s.
Several of these silkscreened paintings, which were mostly in black and white, explore evangelical declarations such as Repent And Sin No More! and Heaven And Hell Are Just One Breath Away.
Another highlight of the exhibition will be Warhol’s late masterpiece, commonly known as the pink Last Supper.
According to his brother John Warhol, an image of da Vinci’s masterpiece was hung in the family’s kitchen in Pittsburgh, presaging an eventual treatment of the nostalgic image.
The Pop artist first addressed Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in 1986 through a variety of paintings, some of which were accompanied by logos of commercial brands such as Dove Soap and Wise Potato Chips.
The exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation will be on view from Oct 20 through Feb 16, 2020 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the United States. – AFP Relaxnews