Best in Show: Warhol Prints at the High Museum

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Just when you think you’ve seen enough Warhol exhibitions to last a lifetime, along comes one that makes you remember why he remains one of the greatest artists of our time. “Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” can be seen through September 3 at the High Museum of Art. The beautifully installed show, which originated at the Portland Art Museum, spans four decades and features more than 250 prints and ephemera in a range of techniques, from his first silkscreen prints, of Marilyn Monroe, to his darker images of the Birmingham civil rights protests and Electric Chair series. Warhol was a master of the multiple and of trifling ephemera, which in 2011 led to his foundation ceasing its authentication activities.
The installation includes a gallery hung with tinfoil wallpaper, here painted with graffiti by Atlanta artists, to resemble Warhol’s Factory.  The entire “Mao” portfolio is displayed against wallpaper that Warhol designed for a show of monumental “Mao” paintings in 1974.
The exhibition has been dubbed the “largest exhibition of its kind” [emphasis added], which does not mean it’s the largest ever.  Another survey of some 300 works, “15 Minutes Eternal,” was curated by the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and toured Asia in 2012-14.
In a press statement, Jordan D. Schnitzer said: “Artists, including Andy Warhol, push the envelope and force us to deal with the issues of the time. I think this Warhol exhibition will knock people’s socks off, with themes that are still relevant today.”
[All installation shots: John Paul Floyd, courtesy High Museum of Art].
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Andy Warhol, Birmingham Race Riots
Andy Warhol, Birmingham Race Riot from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters, 1964; screenprint, approx. 20 by 24 inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Andy Warhol, Flash
Andy Warhol, Flash-November 22, 1963, 1968; screenprint, 22½ by 22½ inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Andy Warhol, Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century
Andy Warhol, Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century: The Marx Brothers, 1980; screenprint, 40 by 32 inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York.

Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali
Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1978, screenprint; 40 by 30 inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Andy Warhol, Sunset
Andy Warhol, Sunset, 1972; screenprint, 34 by 34 inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen
Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975; screenprint, 43½ by 28½ inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Andy Warhol, Moonwalk
Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987; screenprint, approx. 37 by 37 inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger
Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, 1975; screenprint, 43½ by
29 inches. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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