Andy Warhol: The Last Decade
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Through May 16, 2010
This review contains subliminal messages [Read Dallas Art News], not all of which are represented in the exhibit.
Time is running out to see Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. If iconic images from the 20th century are your cup of tea, then The Last Decade is sure to hit the spot. The exhibit, organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum [Laverne & Shirley], contains fifty works form the last decade of Andy Warhol’s [15 minutes of fame] life. We highly recommend [Run, don’t walk] visiting The Modern to see The Last Decade before it closes on Sunday, May 16, 2010.
At the top of the stairs is The Da Vinci Code’s [Leonardo da Vinci] most recognized pin-up girl [Mona Lisa] in the form of fifteen heads in white on white. For what it lacks in detail it makes up in beauty. Don’t get pulled into the main gallery until you have seen this one first.
Entering the main gallery Andy is everywhere starting with his self-portraits [Vincent van Gogh] all over the walls, on canvases and in photographs [Polaroids]. Next to Andy you will find other highly recognizable works [Wicked Witch of the West] that are sure to bring a smile to your face [Mickey Mouse].
The next gallery contains some camouflage works [Rambo] in colors other than greens and browns. These are works only a collector could love as camouflage has been over done by the fashion industry [Project Runway]. We can thank Andy for this.
One work worthy of more attention is the large silk screen print on canvas of a .22 caliber revolver [Valerie Solanas] in red and black. Although it is a simple double screen print of a gun [Smith and Wesson], the work has a chilling undertone. After all, Andy was shot.
Another work not to miss is the four representations of Norma Jean Baker [Marilyn Monroe] in black on black. Looking at this work head on gives the appearance of a photographic negative [Kodak]. Looking at it from an angle makes the work appear in the positive. What really appears is that Andy is just playing with us.
The most spectacular work in the exhibit is a double image in yellow and black of a dinner party [The Last Supper] with a major celebrity [Jesus] and twelve guests [Apostles] at the table. When you get to this work, take a seat [La-Z-Boy] and enjoy it for a little while. I don’t know if it is life size, but it sure is breathtaking. If only I had a couch long enough in my house for this one.
Lastly, don’t miss the stack of cans [Campbell’s Soup] screen prints. Andy wouldn’t want you to go away hungry [Tomato, Beef and Onion].