Andy Warhol's 'Shadows' exhibition opens in Los Angeles
At the Museum of Contemporary Art
The artist who made Campbell's Soup cans and Coca-Cola cans into some of the world's most popular icons, is now unveiling his darker side with an eerie work he called Shadows.
Though it was a series of large panels, Warhol considered it one painting and now Andy Warhol: Shadows is being displayed in Los Angeles at MOCA, clearing much of its exhibit space to make room for the large art piece.
This is only the second time that all 102 panels have been seen all together, MOCA's Director Philippe Vergne said even Warhol himself never saw all 102 panels together. Vergne noted that Warhol dreamed Shadows would one day hang at Studio 54 – calling the work 'Disco Rothko' – however, the piece never hung in the famous nightclub.
The pieces are not numbered and can be hung in any order as Warhol left no instructions on how to hang them. Each silk-screened panel is the same photograph of the artist's office lamp reproduced in both positive and negative.
"Everybody thinks of Andy Warhol as a pop artist, as a fun artist," stated Vergne. "What goes under the superficial approach of the work, it's a very dark, very tragic portrait of Western culture."
The Andy Warhol: Shadows exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, will be running until February 2, 2015.