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Andy Warhol

Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Works of Andy Warhol

October 25–December 22, 2006
West 24th Street, New York

Installation view Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view

Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view

Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view

Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view

Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Installation view

Artworks © 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Works Exhibited

Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle, 1976 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 72 × 86 inches (182.9 × 218.4 cm)© 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle, 1976

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 72 × 86 inches (182.9 × 218.4 cm)
© 2006 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

About

If you want to know about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it.
—Andy Warhol

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition "Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Work of Andy Warhol." The extensive exhibition, which occupies all galleries at 555 West 24th Street as well as a new gallery at 522 West 21st Street, draws together many of Warhol's most iconic paintings from the following series executed during the 70s and 80s: Mao, Ladies & Gentlemen, Hammer & Sickle, Skulls, Guns, Knives, Crosses, Reversals, Retrospectives, Shadows, Rorschach, Camouflage, Oxidation, The Last Supper, Self Portraits and more. Comprised of works from the last eighteen years of Warhol's life, "Cast a Cold Eye..." includes masterpieces that have been rarely or never before seen in New York, as well as important loans from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Andy Warhol Museum, and private collections.

In his later career, Warhol was often vilified by art critics for being little more than a society portraitist and social impresario. But, at the same time as a constant stream of commissioned portraits of the rich and famous emanated from his studio, Warhol steadily produced paintings of profound content and uncannily prophetic significance. This was Warhol the history painter, treating the bigger picture of contemporary life and its matrix of power, belief, money and mortality in his characteristically deadpan way. "Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Works of Andy Warhol" begins to map the conceptual breadth and gravitas of Warhol's late, great work.

As a cultural phenomenon and zeitgeist, Andy Warhol needs little introduction. A leader of the American Pop Art movement in the 1960s, he became increasingly reflective on art and what art could be, working prodigiously across a vast range of media including painting, photography, print-making, drawing and sculpture, film (sixty experimental films between 1963 and 1968), television (Andy Warhol's TV, 1982 and Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes, 1986), audio, publishing, (Interview magazine and various books, including his own "philosophy"), happenings and performances. He also endorsed products, appeared in commercials and made business deals. In many cases he took the position of a producer or director, producing both things and people as part of his artistic product. Today, his oeuvre stands as a philosophical and practical incorporation of art into society and of art as a product of society.

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