Andy Warhol is popularly associated with his famous pop art works of the 1960s: the silkscreened Marilyn Monroes and Campbell's soup cans, and the Brillo boxes. The artist who said that pop is all about "liking things" focused on images that evoked commercialism, mass media and materialism. In his deadpan style, Warhol didn't so much offer commentary as reflect American culture.
The Brooklyn Museum's exhibit, "Andy Warhol: The Last Decade,"surprises viewers with the expanding repertoire of Warhol's art before his death at 58 in 1987. There's a sense of vulnerability absent from the earlier, aloof feel of his earlier work. "Self-Portrait (Strangulation)," 1978, reflects the sense of mortality that never left Warhol following the attempt upon his life by acquaintance Valerie Solanis in 1968 (click on any image to enlarge):
To produce "Oxidation Painting (in 12 parts)," 1978, Warhol and his assistants urinated on metallic copper paints, certainly a novel departure from the movement that preceded pop, abstract expressionism:
"Yarn" (1983) resembles the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock–except for the fact that Warhol used his traditional medium of silkscreening:
"Rorschach," 1984, resembling the inkblots used to examine psychological associations, are enigmatic patterns:
"The Last Supper," 1986, was part of a series that reflected Warhol's little known practice of Catholicism:
“Andy Warhol: The Last Decade” continues through Sept. 12 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park; (718) 638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.