Warhol exhibit makes debut at Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum will premiere the first U.S. museum exhibition to explore the late work of Andy Warhol on Saturday, Sept. 26.

"Warhol is as misunderstood as he is famous," said John McKinnon, Milwaukee Art Museum assistant curator of modern and contemporary art. "This first-of-its-kind exhibition demonstrates his skills as a master painter and fervent collaborator."

According to McKinnon, Warhol created more new series of paintings in his last decade than any other phase of his 40-year career. It included collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring. The exhibition includes nearly 50 works lent by private collectors and institutions, several of which are monumental in size.

Two concurrent special presentations in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection Galleries round out the Warhol experience: In Andy Warhol: Pop Star, prints from the Marilyn and Mao portfolios make a rare appearance, alongside works on loan to the museum from local collectors; and Figurative Prints: 1980s Rewind, (through November 29, 2009) features more than 30 works by contemporaries of Warhol, including Eric Fischl, Susan Rothenberg, and Julian Schnabel.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is coordinated at the Milwaukee Art Museum by McKinnon. The exhibition opens Sept. 26 and runs through Jan. 3, 2010 before a national tour.

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