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Andy Warhol Exhibit Underscores Enduring Influence on Modern Art

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Andy Warhol‘s vast artworks are spotlighted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a stunning career retrospective entitled “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.”

Over 40 of Warhol’s sculptures, paintings, photographs, and films are on display, along with 100 works by 60 other artists who reinterpreted, responded, or reacted to Andy’s highly stylized, modern artwork.

Warhol’s influence can be seen in the works of contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, who appropriate objects from department stores or supermarkets in much the same way that Warhol immortalized Campbell’s soup cans.

Andy Warhol: From Marilyn Monroe to Jackie O

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His interest in commonplace objects found in newspapers and magazines inspired him to create his early depictions of tabloid advertisements and press coverage of disasters.

Warhol was as obsessed with the mundane as he was with celebrities, many of whom he captured in striking portraits, such as his iconic rendering of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (“Red Jackie,” 1964) and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (“Turquoise Marilyn,” 1964).

Warhol’s enduring legacy and artistic influence belie his often-quoted remark that “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

“Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” will be on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Sept. 18 to Dec. 31, 2012.

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