On the occasion of the Warhol Museum’s 20th anniversary, the New York Times profiles the museum’s top-to-bottom reimagining and explores the artist’s lasting impact on the art world.
“There may not be another museum that digs as deep into a single artist, and gets as much out of the excavation,” writes the Times’ Blake Gopnik.
“We want people to know that there’s much more to Andy Warhol than Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyns,” said Eric Shiner, who took over as director in 2011. He started his career as an intern at the museum in 1994, and sitting in his office one day in April — the same space where he once sorted books — he said of Warhol, “He changed just about everything.”
Curators set out to show how life and art were perhaps more closely entwined for Warhol than for any other artist.
“There’s a risk that too much attention paid to who Warhol was could distract from the art he made…you can see the museum trying to strike this delicate balance in its rehang.”