A Review Of Andy Warhol’s “Manufactured” Exhibit

” Don’t pay attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” —Andy Warhol When I first walked into the exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of History and art, my eyes were set on a 25-foot silkscreen print of Leonardo da Vinci’s ” The Last Supper” in hot pink At that point I was super excited, but looking at it would have to wait. I wanted to go through the exhibit in sequence. One of Warhol’s early pieces of work was very clever. My father pointed out that this painting had women climbing ladders. And my father said, ” Get it?” that it represented ” women climbing the corporate ladder.” Warhol painted that between 1945 and the 1950s, when women were leaving home and joining the workforce. I just thought that was so clever. Another of his earlier pieces was the Royal typewriter. It was a finished piece, but it was only half done. I took it, that he did not look completely toward the end product of the piece, but built the process as an art. The next couple of pieces, which would define him and put him on the charts, were the Campbell’s soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles; those consumer products were so simple and he turned them into classic works of art. Warhol said, “You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think you can drink Coke too. A Coke is a Coke and, no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.” As I moved along, the next pieces were various silk-screens and painting done in the early 1960s, of movie stars such as, Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. Warhol duplicated their faces/images to make a “manufactured” feel as is the pieces were made in a factory, because of the repeated images. Also on display were various wigs, which would define his persona. Finally came the piece that I couldn’t help but sit in a pink chair and gaze at: a 25-foot hot pink silkscreen of Leonardo da Vinci, ” The Last Supper.” It was pure genius in my opinion and was my favorite piece of all. Warhol also produced a number of films, which he incorporated into his art. Five or six of his films were projected on the walls. It was pretty neat. Lastly was the “Moonwalk” piece created in 1987 before his death that same year. It was a very iconic piece. After so many years a pop artist, all of the work he created was so American. After exiting the 7,500-foot square foot exhibit still on the third floor of the museum, there was a retro 1960s photo booth. My mother put in $5 and we posed for three shots. It was so much fun. The instructions on the booth said you could cut on of your six pictures and clip in to the walk in exchange for one of the little pink pictures that was hanging up. It was so cool looking at the walk full of smiling faces enjoying their experience. All in all, I thought the exhibit was amazing. Andy Warhol is the pop king of all time. Two other Dimond high school girls attended the exhibit, and this is what they had to say about it. “It was really amazing!” said Alex Maule of the exhibit overall. She went opening night and attended the lecture before the viewing. Her favorite pieces were the Jackie Kennedy prints, the Royal typewriter, and the cats. Maule thought this was ” Definitely” worth it because shows like this rarely come to Alaska. Kat Allen said she ” really liked it [it was] interesting and entertaining.” Allen’s favorite pieces were Warhol’s bathtub, and a white painting because she thought it was simple and really pretty. Also, she liked a print with money signs all over.