It’s been more than thirty years since the death of Andy Warhol, but he continues to be one of the most trendy and influential artists in the world.
Andy Warhol at the Vatican
The Vatican Museums are in the process of organizing a show, in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, that will look at Warhol’s religious side. Warhol was a practicing Catholic, who regularly attended Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan and volunteered at homeless shelters and financially supported his nephew’s studies for priesthood.
Warhol kept his religious practice very private, except for a very public visit with Pope John Paul ll at the Vatican in 1980. Warhol wore a tie and very conservative wig for the occasion. In the 1980s, Warhol created a series of Crosses, which have been sold at auction for more than $2 million. Many of the Crosses were created in synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on large, 90 x 70 inch, canvasses. A collection of the Crosses was published by art historian Robert Rosenblum in conjunction with the Erzbischofliches Diozesanmuseum in Cologne.
During the last years of his life, Warhol was commissioned by gallery owner Alexandre Iolas to create a group of works based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper. The works were for an exhibition space in the Palazzo Stelline in Milan, located across the street from the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the home of Leonardo’s masterpiece. Warhol began to create the works in 1984. He worked from a black and white photograph of the painting and from a plastic sculpture of The Last Supper that he bought at a gas station on the New Jersey Turnpike.
After Warhol’s death, in 1987, more than one hundred paintings and studies of The Last Supper were found in his studio. The exhibition is going to be on display in both The Vatican and the Warhol Museum, The 2019 date has not yet been announced.
Andy Warhol at Vassar
Some rarely exhibited works will be traveling to universities around the country, thanks to an educational initiative organized by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Warhol x 5, the start of the traveling exhibit exhibit, which is open to the public, is currently on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar, SUNY New Paltz’s Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, The University Art Museum at the University at Albany and the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College in Westchester County.
Nearly two hundred college and university museums and galleries, nationwide, will be receiving over 20,000 works for display.
Andy Warhol at VFA
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