In May, Interview magazine closed its doors. It was a magazine founded by Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock in 1969. Cue a recent trip to Florida where I was intrigued to discover a Warhol exhibit. The interesting part is that it was being held at a botanical garden. I was intrigued. I knew Warhol from his iconic Campbell's Soup Cans artwork and iconic Marilyn Monroe pieces, but flowers?
Yes. Flowers. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL, created a must-see Warhol exhibit.
"Consummately cosmopolitan and cool, Andy Warhol in the great outdoors seems like an oxymoron," Marie Selby Botanical Gardens shared via their website. "Yet the groundbreaking artist known for his Pop Art multiples of celebrities and soup cans created more than 10,000 images of flowers over the course of his career."
The exhibit includes some art installations (not Warhol pieces) on the grounds, along with photographs of Warhol, from him fully dressed in a canoe (he was always in "character") to skiing to enjoying his Montauk home in New York, within the exhibit space. And of course, you get to see a curated selection of his floral artwork.
As someone who always found Warhol fascinating - his one-of-a-kind viewpoint, I really enjoyed this take on Warhol. It was a nice blend of gaining a bit more insight into Warhol the person, along with Warhol the artist.
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' "Warhol: Flowers In the Factory" exhibit runs through June 30.
P.S. It was getting warm in Florida (and humid) so be sure to pack an Adea Short Sleeve V Neck Tee.
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This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
I have often found that when a person achieves incredible success – after a long struggle – the back-story is almost as fascinating as the achievement itself. That’s why I was interested in, yet another, Andy Warhol write-up that appeared in the May 2020 issue of the Smithsonian magazine.
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