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Warhol Exhibition opens in Bratislava

The exhibit Andy Warhol, His Art and Life, opened February 6 at Esterházy Palace of Slovenská národná galéria (Slovak National Gallery) on Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4. Running until March 20, it offers a wide selection from the artist's career.
"The exhibition is the right size to give you a full and accurate introduction into Andy Warhol's work," said Jonathan Binstock, curator of modern art at the Corcoran Gallery of Modern Art Washington, on hand for the exhibition's opening. "Some exhibitions give primacy to his work in the 60s, while this exhibition shows a full range and is even handed."

The exhibit Andy Warhol, His Art and Life, opened February 6 at Esterházy Palace of Slovenská národná galéria (Slovak National Gallery) on Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4. Running until March 20, it offers a wide selection from the artist's career.

"The exhibition is the right size to give you a full and accurate introduction into Andy Warhol's work," said Jonathan Binstock, curator of modern art at the Corcoran Gallery of Modern Art Washington, on hand for the exhibition's opening. "Some exhibitions give primacy to his work in the 60s, while this exhibition shows a full range and is even handed."

Warhol's work comes to Slovakia as part of an eastern and central European tour sponsored by the US State Department. The travelling collection, on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, includes Warhol's early sketches, break-out 60s pop art (including his noted silkscreens of Campbell soup cans), and portraits of famous personalities. A 45 minute biographical film is also shown.

At a press conference, US embassy spokesman Gregory Orr was asked why the exhibition hadn't come first to Slovakia, since Warhol's parents were born here. Although Orr had earlier joked that when the exhibition had opened in Kiev, Ukrainians had claimed Warhol as their own, he put an end to the flurry of questions about the artist's nationality with the statement: "Andy Warhol was American."

Andy Warhol, His Art and Life makes no reference to the artist's origins, but includes several drawings by his mother Julia that are strikingly similar to his early work. The exhibition is open daily (except Mondays) 10:00 to 18:00.

Matthew J. Reynolds

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