New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be showcasing the influence of the gay king of Pop Art in “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” running September 18 to December 31. Divided into five sections, the show contrasts iconic works by Warhol against pieces from other artists he influenced, including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman.
Warhol’s interest in the commonplace—from his now-famous Campbell’s soup cans to newspaper headlines—highlights the first section, “Daily News: From Banality To Disaster,” It’s followed by “Portraiture: Celebrity and Power,” which examines his interest in the packaging of celebrities like Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. In section three, “Queer Studies: Camouflage and Shifting Identities,” the exhibition explores post-war sexuality, especially the male body, and rightly includes works by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Gober.
Other segments of “Regarding Warhol” address the artist’s interest in repeated imagery and spectacle, as well as his efforts in filmmaking. Let’s hope they include some clips of Warhole muse Joe Dellasandro, sexy star of movies like Trash, Heat and Flesh.
Check out more works from “Regarding Warhol,” opening September 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York