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Project Windows 2019
Project Windows is a city-wide celebration of art and creativity, allowing retailers and partners to craft beautiful, inspired, traffic-stopping displays that tap into our city's cultural energy. Join us as we celebrate, Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again and leverage this unprecedented cultural moment in Chicago.
This exhibition—the first US retrospective of Andy Warhol since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research, and scholarship that has emerged since Warhol’s untimely death in 1987, the exhibition reveals new complexities about the artist we think we know and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.
Featuring more than 300 works, the exhibition positions Warhol’s career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968 but entered into a period of intense experimentation. The show illuminates the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of the artist’s production, from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, to his iconic Pop masterpieces of the early 1960s, to the experimental work in film and other mediums from the 1960s and 70s, to his innovative use of readymade abstraction and the painterly sublime in the 1980s. His repetitions, distortions, camouflaging, incongruous color, and recycling of his own imagery challenge our faith in images and the value of cultural icons, anticipating the profound effects and issues of the current digital age.