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Warhol: Headlines
September 25, 2011 – January 2, 2012
East Building Mezzanine

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Warhol: Headlines will define and bring together works that the artist based largely on headlines from the tabloid news. Warhol had a lifelong obsession with the sensational side of contemporary news media, and examples of his source materials for the works of art will be presented for comparison, revealing Warhol's role as both editor and author.

The rich headline motif will be traced through about 80 works representing the full range of its treatment in Warhol's practice—from paintings, drawings, prints, photography, and sculpture to film, video, and television. A major, yet previously unexplored theme that ran through Warhol's entire career, the headline encompasses many of his key subjects, including celebrity, death, disaster, and current events.

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is among the foremost American artists of the last century. Alongside Pablo Picasso, he is also considered one of the most important 20th-century artists in the world. Wherever one places him, Warhol's influence is indisputable. His visual vocabulary has become a part of the vernacular from which it originally derived. Even his purported 1968 statement "in the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" has become as ubiquitous as the 24-hour news cycle.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, the Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, Rome, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt.

Sponsor: The Terra Foundation for American Art is the foundation sponsor of the international tour of the exhibition. The exhibition in Washington is made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Other Venues: Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, February 11–May 13, 2012
Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, Rome, June 11–September 9, 2012
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, October 14, 2012–January 6, 2013

Image: Andy Warhol, A Boy for Meg, 1962, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine (C) 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 1971.87.11

Related Artists

Warhol, Andy
, 1928 - 1987

Related Resources

Education Resource: Art since 1950

Audio and Video

Warhol: Headlines Symposium
Audio, Released: November 15, 2011, (187:27 minutes)
Introduction to the Exhibition-Warhol: Headlines
Audio, Released: November 1, 2011, (42:57 minutes)
Press Event: Warhol: Headlines
Audio, Released: September 20, 2011, (31:29 minutes)