Warhol: Headlines is the first exhibition dedicated to the theme of headlines in the oeuvre of Andy Warhol. The objects to be shown – paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and videos – shed light on the artist’s memorable treatment of the ambivalent character and sensationalism of contemporary media. Above all during the nineteen-sixties, Warhol – one of the most important artists of the twentieth century – directed his attention towards trivial subjects from popular culture, and he collected clippings as well as press photos from daily newspapers, film booklets, and handbills. His preoccupation with the printed media occupied a prominent place in his artistic production and, for the first time, is now being comprehensively examined and adequately appreciated through this exhibition. The show elucidates how he extracted such fundamental themes as celebrities, death, catastrophes, and current events from the media and sharpened their depiction in his works. His interest was directed not only towards the endlessly reproducible mechanisms of the mass media, but also the opinion-moulding reports themselves with their luridly formulated headlines.
Warhol: Headlines – Exhibition venues
25 September 2011 – 2 January 2012: National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
11 February – 13 May 2012: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main
11 June – 9 September 2012: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome
14 October 2012 – 6 January 2013: The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh