Friday, October 1, 2010

BMA PRESENTS "ANDY WARHOL: THE LAST DECADE"

Baltimore is the last stop on national tour for this acclaimed exhibition.
WHEN: October 17, 2010 through January 9, 2011

The Baltimore Museum of Art presents the first U.S. museum exhibition to explore the late works of the iconic American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987). On view, more than 50 works reveal the Pop artist’s energetic return to painting and renewed spirit of experimentation during the last decade of his life. This period shows Warhol in the midst of his celebrity creating more paintings and on a vastly larger scale than at any other moment of his 40-year career. (Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait. 1986. Mugrabi Collection. ©2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York )

Exhibition highlights include psychologically revealing fright wig self-portraits, three variations on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and collaborations with younger artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat. Several of these works—assembled from national and international public and private collections, as well as the BMA’s exceptional collection of late works by Warhol—were not exhibited until after the artist’s death.
The Last Decade Lounge
The exhibition concludes with an interactive lounge that offers a look at Warhol’s relationship to pop culture
and politics during the late 70s and early 80s. An evocative timeline explores the international and personal
events that shaped Warhol’s life and art. Visitors can relax on retro furniture, watch an episode of a TV
program produced by Warhol, and flip through copies of Interview magazine, co-founded by the artist. While spending time in the lounge, visitors can also spot celebrities in a photomontage of Warhol’s Polaroids, and slip on a pair of headphones to hear music that defined a generation.

Complimentary Audio Tour
Walk through the exhibition with a narrated audio tour on Warhol’s final body of work. BMA Curator of
Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman and others will provide insightful commentary on Warhol and his
provocative and highly personal late work against a background of music from the late 70s and 80s.
Downloads of the audio tour will be available at artbma.org/warhol in October.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition wascurated by Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art, Emerson College, Boston. It is organized in Baltimore by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.

Generously sponsored by The Rouse Company Foundation and The Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Exhibition Endowment Fund.

Ticket Information
Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is a special ticketed event with a complimentary audio tour. Tickets go on
sale September 15, 2010. General admission to the BMA and the collection is free.
  • Adults $15 Ages 6 to 18 $5
  • Seniors (65+) $12 Ages 5 & under FREE
  • Students (with ID) $5 BMA Members FREE
Purchase tickets: In person at the BMA Box Office in the Visitor Lobby (No service charges apply). Online
at artbma.org. By phone through Tickets.com at 1.800.919.6272. (Service charges apply to online and
phone orders).

ANDY WARHOL AT THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
The BMA has the world’s second largest collection of late works by Andy Warhol (after the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh) with 74 prints, paintings, drawings, and books that reflect the imagery adopted by the artist in the last decade of his life—The Last Supper, Skulls, Hearts, Rorschachs, Oxidations, Shadows, and Camouflage. The core of the collection came from a major acquisition of 15 paintings and 3 drawings from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 1994, which coincided with the opening of the BMA’s West Wing for Contemporary Art. These extraordinary works, dating from 1975-86, are huge in scale and content and helped establish the BMA as a leading destination for late 20th-century art. In addition to the 14 Warhol paintings from the BMA’s collection featured in the special exhibition, the Museum will have approximately 20 more works by Warhol from its collection on view concurrently in the West Wing. Previous exhibitions of works by Warhol at the BMA include Andy Warhol: Paintings 1962-1975 (1975), which was attended by the artist, and Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (2000).

The BMA is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM–6 PM (except major holidays). The Museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Museum will also close at 3 PM on Christmas Eve in 2010.

The BMA is located on Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For general Museum information, call 443.573.1700 or visit artbma.org.