This fall New York art critics barred no holds in their collective, tag team-like takedown of the Metropolitan Museum’s “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” an examination of the Pop art patriarch’s influence on contemporaneous and successive generations of artists, from Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince to Ryan Trecartin and Cory Arcangel — New York magazine’s Jerry Saltz, for instance, noted its “shallow, pandering fecklessness” and deemed it a “pseudo-extravaganza.” Their point was taken, and Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner will re-calibrate the exhibition before it opens in Pittsburgh next month.
“The installation at the Andy Warhol Museum will be quite different from the installation at the Met,” Shiner told Lee Rosenbaum. “Of course, we will have many more Warhol works on display in our galleries, and perhaps the biggest change will be the space dedicated to the exhibition: In Pittsburgh, we will spread the show over six floors of the museum.”
In addition to the more ample space afforded to “Regarding Warhol” during its Pittsburgh presentation — which runs February 3-April 28 — Shiner will replace the six works that aren’t able to travel from New York with other, comparable pieces by the same artists, and incorporate Kara Walker into the exhibition. In addition to these minor modifications, he will be rethinking the show’s combinations of artists from different periods and eras.
“We will be making many different juxtapositions and comparisons between Warhol’s work and the participating artists that will be quite different from the Met exhibition,” Shiner told Rosenbaum. “We have taken the criticisms of the Met show into account as we redesigned the show for Pittsburgh.”
— Benjamin Sutton
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