Andy Warhol: The Last Decade

September 26, 2009–January 3, 2010
Baker/Rowland Exhibition Galleries

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum survey exhibition to explore the work that this seminal American artist produced during the final years of his life. Warhol entered a period of renewed vigor and enthusiasm in the 1980s that resulted in what was arguably the most productive period of his career.

Premiering at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the exhibition includes approximately 55 works lent by private collections and institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Along with an introduction to Warhol, it is divided into thematic sections based on significant Warhol series: abstract works; collaborations (featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat); black-and-white ads; works surrounding death and religion; self-portraits; camouflage patterns; and a concluding section of the artist's Last Supper series.

Several large-scale works will punctuate the exhibition. In 1984, Warhol purchased a new studio building where—after working in a confined studio within the well-known Factory space for the majority of his career—he had the luxury of a large ballroom in which to create his works. The paintings mushroomed in scale to monumental proportions. In each of his late series, a number of works stretch from 25 to 35 feet in width.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is guest curated by Joe Ketner, foster chair in contemporary art theory and practice at Emerson College, and organized at the Milwaukee Art Museum by John McKinnon, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art. The exhibition will travel nationally after its premiere in Milwaukee.


Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (Strangulation), 1978 (detail). Collection of Anthony d'Offay. ©2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artist Rights Society (ARS). New York