An image has the potential to become an icon. Works of Art like the Mona Lisa and Starry Night have achieved this status. But when it comes to the most number of 'icons' belonging to one artist, nothing beats the legacy of Andy Warhol.
But with the kind of exposure Warhol's portfolio has enjoyed, there is a price to pay. With his images across millions of merch-items, the meaning becomes invisible. This show wants to bring it back to the forefront of visitors' attention. Starting with his family's immigration card and drawings of beautiful men, viewers are reminded (or informed) about Andy's identity as a queer child of immigrant parents. As all art begins with an experiment, Warhol is seen experimenting with his place in the American society of his time.
Next, you come across the Marilyns which signify celebrity and Soup Cans which predicted late capitalism. These are the images most often associated with Warhol but aren't all this show wants to rely on. In fact, there is a juxtaposition of contradictions. With pop art placed next to the imagery of riots and death. There show is heavy with affect but thin on quality. The mixed messaging can be pardoned, however, for the personal insight, it offers into the human behind the icon of Andy Warhol.