Lifetimes “arrives at the Aspen Art Museum
On view from December 3, 2021 to March 27, 2022
Aspen Art Museum presents Andy Warhol: for life, a major international retrospective. The exhibition is in partnership with Tate Modern, Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the Art Gallery of Ontario and the AAM with the aim of exploring the biographical foundations of Warhol’s practice and image. .
Warhol is one of the public’s best-known 20th century artists, yet one of the most misunderstood. Obsessed with fame, consumerism, and process, Warhol’s work extends beyond that into the canons of art history and into the fringes of American culture and media. The exhibition presents more than 200 works and covers his entire career. The show seeks to explore the spaces between Warhol’s life and his work.
AAM Director Nicola Lees said: “The Aspen Art Museum is delighted to present this intimate portrayal of Andy Warhol, who delves into the spectral character the artist created so that he can transcend his personal limits, generating a cultural myth, a mirror and a decoder that has enchanted the modern world for decades. By showcasing his canonical works alongside archival documents and direct sources, the exhibition will give viewers an unprecedented opportunity to examine Warhol’s life and work in the context of one another, ultimately establishing a new appreciation for this visionary artist of incomparable importance.
Monica Majoli said, “Everyone has their own take on Andy Warhol, an elusive figure who is practically synonymous with American popular culture of the late 20’s.e century. Even after his untimely death in 1987, Warhol continues to inform our contemporary times with his premonitory and bizarre understanding of the drama and consequences of capitalism on the American psyche.
Highlights of the gallery’s themes and associated facilities include:
- After and before: Showcasing Warhol’s biography, this comprehensive exhibition will feature archival material alongside some of his most recognizable Pop Art works, from those depicting Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to examples from important series such as 100 cans of Campbell’s Soup, 129 Dice, and Flowers, in addition to highlights from his work on Maintenance and Warhol TV.
- Want to: Exposing Warhol’s queer identity through an installation of various works from the late 1950s to the late 1980s, with romantic ink drawings of male subjects in the 1950s alongside a Oxidation paint, 1978, a sprawling four-panel painting Camouflage, 1986, and a screening of his flagship film To sleep, in addition to the examples of his Sexual parts and Torso series
- Freedom: explore the meaning of liberation in the commissioned series Ladies and gentlemen, 1975, screened in its entirety, together with a large-scale screening of the nearly hour-long film Factory Diary: Andy in Drag, October 2, 1981 by Christophe Makos
- Capture: evoking darker components of Warhol’s life and artistic production, with a grid of 26 Screen tests 1960s showcasing Factory superstars and other famous cultural figures juxtaposed with a selection of lesser-known serial photographs of Warhol from 1986 to 1987 stitched together in a grid formation
- Inevitable plastic explosion: recreating the live events that Warhol produced between 1966 and 1967 with light shows, strobes and slide and film projections, through immersive multi-channel projection and sound work that includes music from the Velvet Underground and Nico and performances by Edie Sedgewick, Gerald Malanga, and Barbara Rubin
- Clouds: with ten serigraphs on paper from the 1971 series Electric chairliving room style suspended on suede silver mylar walls; a muted reflection of Warhol’s Silver Clouds which occupy the corridor leading to gallery 1, After and before.
ABOUT THE ASPEN MUSEUM OF ART
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 1979, the Aspen Art Museum is a non-collector contemporary art museum engaged on a global scale. Following the opening in 2014 of the museum’s facilities designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, AAM is enjoying increased attendance, renewed civic interaction and international media attention. In July 2017, AAM was one of ten institutions to receive the United States National Medal for Museum and Library Services for its educational outreach to rural communities in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley and its partnerships. learning with civic and cultural partners within a 100 mile radius. radius of the museum’s location in Aspen.
Museum opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
AAM will offer timed entry to Andy Warhol: for life. The Museum strongly suggests that visitors reserve a time slot in advance. The AAM will accommodate walk-in people depending on capacity.
Additional ticketing information for Warhol events and the most recent details on COVID-19 protocols, please refer to the museum’s website. Visit the AAM online at aspenartmuseum.org.
Admission to AAM is free thanks to Amy and John Phelan. The AAM is grateful for additional support and a suggested donation of $ 25 will be welcome at the door.