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'Last Sitting' at Brooklyn Museum

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Andy Warhol: Revelation

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn, New York

19 NOVEMBER 2021 / 19 JUNE 2022

David LaChapelle's Andy Warhol: Last Sitting, November 22, 1986 is featured in the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition 'Andy Warhol: Revelation'. Captured by LaChapelle during his time working for Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, it is believed to be the last portrait sitting of Mr. Warhol.

Warhol was a practicing Catholic who attended mass regularly and in the portrait LaChapelle has framed Warhol between two bibles.

David LaChapelle, Andy Warhol: Last Sitting, November 22 1986, Chromogenic print

From the Brooklyn Museum:

Although Andy Warhol is one of the most celebrated and recognizable artists of the twentieth century, his Byzantine Catholic upbringing, and it's profound impact on his life and work, remains a lesser known facet of his career. Andy Warhol: Revelation explores the artist’s lifelong relationship with his faith that frequently appeared in his artworks.

From iconic portraits of celebrities to appropriated Renaissance masterpieces, Warhol played with styles and symbolism from Catholic art history, carefully reframing them within the context of Pop art and culture. Throughout his life, Warhol retained some of his Catholic rituals, while also unapologetically living as an out gay man.

Andy Warhol: Revelation examines themes such as life and death, power and desire, the role and representation of women, Renaissance imagery, family and immigrant traditions and rituals, depictions and duplications of Christ, and the Catholic body and queer desire. Among the more than one hundred objects on view are rare source materials and newly discovered items that provide a fresh and intimate look at Warhol's creative process, as well as major paintings from his epic Last Supper series (1986), the experimental film The Chelsea Girls (1966), an unfinished film depicting the setting sun, commissioned by the de Menil family and funded by the Roman Catholic Church, and drawings created by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, when she lived with her son in New York City.

Andy Warhol: Revelation is organized by the Andy Warhol Museum and curated by José Carlos Diaz, Chief Curator. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.


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