Upcoming Exhibition

Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

May 19–September 2, 2019

Floor 4
Additional galleries on Floors 2 and 5

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Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition — the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989 — reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Beneath the glamour of Warhol’s wide-ranging creations is a deep engagement with the social issues of his time that continue to resonate today.

Stretching across three floors of SFMOMA, featuring a dozen works unique to this museum, and building on a wealth of new materials, research, and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.

Andy WarholFrom A to B and Back Again is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Exhibition Preview

Andy Warhol, Ethel Scull 36 Times, 1963; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; gift of Ethel Redner Scull; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Superman, 1961; private collection; courtesy of DC Comics. Superman © and ™ DC Comics. All rights reserved; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962; Tate, London; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1963–64; Cingilli Collection; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Most Wanted Men No. 12, Frank B., 1964; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen (Wilhelmina Ross), 1975; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Skull, 1976; collection of Larry Gagosian; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Andy Warhol, Rorschach, 1984; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee, the John I. H. Baur Purchase Fund, the Wilfred P. and Rose J. Cohen Purchase Fund, Mrs. Melva Bucksbaum, and Linda and Harry Macklowe; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, Paramount, 1984–85; private collection; © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


National leadership support for Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again is provided by Kenneth C. Griffin.

Bank of America is the National Tour Sponsor.

SFMOMA leadership support is provided by Carolyn and Preston Butcher and Helen and Charles Schwab.

Major support is provided by James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen and SFMOMA Collectors’ Forum.

Generous support is provided by the Breyer Family Foundation, Roberta and Steve Denning, Jacqueline Evans, Linda and Jon Gruber, Park L. Loughlin, Sir Deryck and Lady Va Maughan, Deborah and Kenneth Novack, the Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund, Arun and Rummi Sarin, Nancy and Alan Schatzberg, Lydia Shorenstein, and Kay Harrigan Woods.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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