Abstraction

Andy Warhol. The Last Decade

Anne Mannix

Article: 
INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
Magazine issue: 
#4 2013 (41)

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART (BMA) WAS THE FINAL VENUE OF THE FOUR-MUSEUM TOUR TO PRESENT THE FIRST U.S. MUSEUM EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE LATE WORKS OF THE ICONIC AMERICAN ARTIST ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987). ON VIEW THERE FROM OCTOBER 2010 THROUGH JANUARY 2011, MORE THAN 50 WORKS REVEALED THE POP ARTIST'S ENERGETIC RETURN TO PAINTING AND RENEWED SPIRIT OF EXPERIMENTATION DURING THE LAST DECADE OF HIS LIFE. THIS PERIOD SHOWS WARHOL IN THE MIDST OF HIS CELEBRITY CREATING MORE PAINTINGS AND ON A VASTLY LARGER SCALE THAN AT ANY OTHER MOMENT OF HIS 40-YEAR CAREER. EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE PSYCHOLOGICALLY REVEALING FRIGHT WIG SELF-PORTRAITS, THREE VARIATIONS ON LEONARDO DA VINCI'S THE LAST SUPPER, AND COLLABORATIONS WITH YOUNGER ARTISTS SUCH AS JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT. SEVERAL OF THESE WORKS - ASSEMBLED FROM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, AS WELL AS THE BMA'S EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION OF LATE WORKS BY WARHOL -WERE NOT EXHIBITED UNTIL AFTER THE ARTIST'S DEATH.

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AFTER TRAVELING THROUGHOUT 2010 FROM THE MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, TO THE MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH, AND THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM IN NEW YORK, THE LANDMARK SHOW OF WARHOL'S LATE WORK CLOSED AT THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART IN JANUARY 2011.

Remembering Mark Rothko

Irving Sandler

Article: 
INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
Magazine issue: 
#4 2013 (41)

THE SHOW OF 13 GREAT PAINTINGS BY MARK ROTHKO AT THE GARAGE CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE IN MOSCOW PROMPTS ME TO RECALL MY FRIENDSHIP WITH THE ARTIST. THE ABSTRACTIONS RANGE IN DATE FROM A "MULTIFORM" OF 1949, THE YEAR THAT ROTHKO ARRIVED AT HIS MATURE STYLE, TO A PROFOUNDLY TRAGIC "LANDSCAPE" OF 1970, THE YEAR OF HIS DEATH. AS A YOUNG ART CRITIC, I WAS FORTUNATE TO WITN ESS AT FIRST HAND TH E EVOLUTION OF ROTHKO'S ABSTRACTIONS FROM 1956, WHEN I FIRST MET HIM, TO THE END OF HIS LIFE, AND TO INTERVIEW THE ARTIST ABOUT SIX TIMES ABOUT HIS MOTIVATIONS AND IDEAS.

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THE SHOW OF 13 GREAT PAINTINGS BY MARK ROTHKO AT THE GARAGE CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE IN MOSCOW PROMPTS ME TO RECALL MY FRIENDSHIP WITH THE ARTIST. THE ABSTRACTIONS RANGE IN DATE FROM A "MULTIFORM" OF 1949, THE YEAR THAT ROTHKO ARRIVED AT HIS MATURE STYLE, TO A PROFOUNDLY TRAGIC "LANDSCAPE" OF 1970, THE YEAR OF HIS DEATH.

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