Calling All Warholics


“Headlines” through January 2, “Shadows” through January 15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When Andy Warhol’s in tha house, we take notice. After all, we can’t deny that we wallpapered our cultured college-dorm walls with his pop art prints. This week marks the opening of not one, but two Warhol-centric exhibits at the National Gallery of Art and the Hirschhorn Museum, respectively. The “Warhol: Headlines” exhibit at the Nat Gal presents around 80 paintings, prints, videos, and more, all based on the tabloid news. This exhibit explores Warhol’s career-long obsession with sensational media. His interest in consumerism is notable in his pop art works, but this exhibit looks at how the artist edited various media to convey his views.

“Andy Warhol: Shadows” showcases “1978,” a work that combines 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases featuring distorted photos of shadows generated in the artist’s studio. This work, which has rarely been seen in its full form, will spread uninterrupted for almost 450 linear feet around the Hirschhorn.