Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

Prior to the start of winter break, I got the chance to visit the highly-anticipated exhibit, “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again,” on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art. With a line out the door upon my first visit, I was able to view some of Warhol’s most renown works second time around; namely, his collection of Campbell’s Soup paintings.

Coming to a close at the end of this month, the exhibit features an array of Warhol’s pieces that have been in circulation for several years now. I first saw his well-known Campbell’s soup paintings on display at the Museum of Modern Art back in 2015 and was eager to see the pieces once more alongside additional works.

                 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962)

Aside from his soup cans, visitors can view a multitude of Warhol’s works, from his 1961 piece Before and After to his Green Coca-Cola Bottles piece from the following year. Visitors are offered a unique experience as they walk through the exhibit, as Warhol’s shifting aesthetic throughout the years is embodied through the various sections visitors walk through. While certain partitions of the long, winding hallway encapsulate Warhol’s popular culture-influence, others draw attention to Warhol’s personal life, including a video of Warhol unwrapping and eating a burger.

                   Before and After (1961)

While the museum attracts Warhol enthusiasts to tourists, what many don’t know is that one of Warhol’s studio spaces is located at the nearby Union Square. The “Factory” as Warhol called his studio spaces, is located in the Decker Building on Union Square West. If you visit the exhibit, stroll by the place where Warhol crafted some of the pieces on display!

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