A Warhol Retrospective Just Opened At The Whitney Museum

Published on November 20, 2018

Time to move the soup cans from the MoMa to the Whitney.

In case you forgot who really made Campbell’s soup famous, the Whitney Museum is here to remind you with the biggest Warhol retrospective to exist in decades. Andy Warhol was the definitive pop art artist of the 20th century. A New Yorker at heart, Warhol came up in the art world during a time of experiment—in art, in color, in sexuality. The rise of the underground brought with it a huge career for Warhol, who became a local and national celebrity before his death in 1987. Despite dying at just 58, Warhol managed to carve his name into history as a symbol of New York’s art scene.

The Whitney Retrospective

It would seem like a sort of artistic treason to not include pieces by Warhol in an art museum dedicated to American art and located in New York City. This is precisely why the Whitney decided to create a massive Warhol retrospective. The retrospective has been called the largest in decades. The Warhol retrospective, which is titled “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again,” is said to exhibit 360 works from the famed artist throughout the Whitney Museum. The Whitney is located in New York’s trendy meatpacking district.

The Warhol retrospective is meant to bring museum visitors on a journey through the artists prolific life. The MoMa showcased just a few of his most iconic works throughout his career. The Whitney will go above and beyond to give you everything they could about the artist.

Warhol’s Time

The age of Warhol was an era that saw a lot of experimentation in New York’s underground art communities. What made Warhol famous was that he challenged what it meant to create art at the time. His use of color and depictions of nudity and sexuality broke barriers in terms of popular culture. These things weren’t at the forefront of society at the time, but Warhol brought them there through his art.

The aim of the Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum is to show attendees the magnitude of his artistic impact. The retrospective will also include talks and readings from other prolific artists at the time.  There will also be talks and readings from Warhol’s close friends and colleagues that are still living.

Attendees can also stop by the Whitney’s impressively large gift shop to cop a t-shirt. The shirts are designed exclusively by Advisory Board Crystals in collaboration with the Whitney Museum. The design is simple—all white except for a screen print of a couple of the artists famed works. The Andy Warhol Retrospective is titled “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again.” It’s open at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from now through March 2019.


Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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