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Warhol Exhibit at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta

Visitors browse the whimsical artwork of Andy Warhol at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.

Photo by the Lighthouse ArtCenter

Pop artist Andy Warhol’s work still sparks debate 35 years after his death.

His work is on display through March 23 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.

“Warhol! Warhol! Warhol!” showcases artwork from the private collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody and includes early pieces that are rarely seen as well as late items.

The curator of the exhibit, Janeen Mason, said: “It’s a national story right here in our little village of Tequesta. We hope visitors will come from all over South Florida to view these rarely seen Warhol paintings.”

Warhol was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). Soon after graduating in 1949, he moved to New York, where he worked for about a decade as a commercial illustrator before reaching stardom in the Pop Art movement.

Photo courtesy of Lighthouse ArtCenter

Visitors will see some of the icon’s more controversial offerings, such as oxidation paintings made of urine and metallic pigment on canvas.

Warhol, who caused debate in the 1960s with his representations of Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles and Brillo soap pad boxes, has always provoked fans and critics.

“Warhol’s artwork in those years turned the art world on its ear,” Mason said.

Warhol was shot in 1968 in an assassination attempt by radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas. The wounds, in combination with his fear of hospitals, contributed to his death in 1987.

That same year, his collection of 32 paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans, one for each flavor, sold for $11.7 million to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The collection sold for $1,000 when he created it in 1962.

His work will not be for sale at Lighthouse, but the center will hold a show and sale of Warhol-inspired Pop Art necklaces, earrings and other jewelry made by artists from around the nation.

Also on display is James Thurman’s Paper Alchemy show of patented Thurmanite art created from layered recycled paper and eco-resin.

“Warhol! Warhol! Warhol!” is free for members of the center. Nonmembers are asked for a $5 donation.

Photo courtesy of Lighthouse ArtCenter


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