Queer Art

Andy Warhol Gets A Gala New York Retrospective At The Met

All you art queens who adore gallery hopping, wine sipping and wearing loafers without socks can delight in the upcoming exhibit, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.

Coming to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in September, the retrospective will showcase the famed gay pop-art pioneer’s continued influence on the art scene.

Running September to December, the exhibit will showcase around 45 of Warhol’s works juxtaposed with nearly 100 works from 60 other artists through the decades who have reinterpreted or commented on the white-haired master’s  iconic multimedia work.

Naturally, there’s lots here for the studious queer. The exhibit will be broken up into five thematic sections. “Queer Studies: Camouflage and Shifting Identities” explores how Warhol’s sexualization of the male body (Joe Dallesandro, anyone?) broke ground for future artists like Robert Mapplethorpe. (If you’ve never seen Warhol’s short film “Blow Job,” it’s well worth a sorta NSFW watch.)

A section titled “Portraiture: Celebrity and Power” explores his extremely gay fascination with icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Liza Minnelli, juxtaposed with contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman, who often comments on the glamorization of the modern woman.

So, darlings, get your pithy statements and acerbic museum commentary ready. You’ll want to impress eavesdropping queens with your whole lotta knowledge on Warhol.

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years runs September 18–December 31, 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo: Jack Mitchell