Polly Apfelbaum, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
February 2 – April 28, 2013
For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol’s influence is dominant in contemporary art, but as of yet no exhibition has explored its full nature or extent. Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years is the first major exhibition to do so through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists. This innovative presentation, structured in five thematic sections, juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. The exhibition shows the dialogue and conversation between works of art and artists across generations.
A large floor installation by Polly Apfelbaum titled “Pink Crush” (2007) is included in the final segment of the exhibition labeled “No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle.” This section, which serves to examine Warhol’s interest in various elements such as design, also foregrounds his fascination with creating environments that envelop the viewer entirely. Warhol’s frequent use of decorative motifs, such as flowers, are part of this practice, and have similarly served as the inspiration for Apfelbaum’s “Pink Crush.” Apfelbaum’s floor installation further reveals an inclination for artists to extend their practice beyond the traditional spaces of the rectangular canvas into the world beyond.
The exhibition was previously on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from September 18th – December 31, 2012.