Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

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“Andy's work really goes to the heart of the matter of what it means to be a human being and what our potential is…It's the real deal.” —Jeff Koons

Hear from a range of contemporary artists, curators, and scholars speaking about iconic works on view. Contributors include Jeff Koons, Hank Willis Thomas, Deborah Kass, Peter Halley, Sasha Wortzel, and Richard Meyer.

Green self-portrait of Andy Warhol

Donna De Salvo:  Andy Warhol is probably one of the most well-known American artists, and he has always said "If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings." 

Narrator: Donna De Salvo is Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator.

Donna De Salvo:  But in reality there's far more to know about, not only Warhol as a person, but most importantly, Warhol as an artist. 

Narrator: Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, and moved to New York in 1949. He first became famous for his Pop art of the early sixties, paintings and sculptures based on images of advertisements and consumer products. But he experimented constantly until his death in 1987, pushing the boundaries of all the media he worked in. He also became tremendously influential. On this audio guide, we’ll hear not only from curators and scholars, but also from younger artists who have thought deeply about Warhol in their own work. 

Down the long hallway to the left of the exhibition entrance, there’s a large installation inspired by Warhol’s first exhibition at the Whitney, in 1971. Be sure not to miss it! Our tour will start straight ahead, with Warhol’s Pop [art]. 

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 106 × 106 in. (269.3 × 269.3 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; gift, Anne and Anthony d’Offay in honor of Thomas Krens, 1992 92.4033. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York