Museum of Modern Art Betchler Pop to Now: Warhol and his Legacy

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art unveiled a new exhibition titled Pop to Now: Warhol and his Legacy. Developed in partnership with action artthe exhibition shows the influence that Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring have had on the fields of music, fashion and culture in general, while showing a common thread towards the present through a showcasing the work of contemporary figures and the burgeoning landscape shaped by NFTs.

The exhibition includes a series of nine portraits that Warhol created of the Betchler family in 1973. Nearly 50 years after its creation, the work is partly on loan from various institutions and personal collections, such as Warhol’s famous muse, Jane Holzerand in partnership with Kasmin Gallery.

Fast forward to the present, the exhibition features works by ThankYouX, Kristin McIver and HEES. “While we are a museum founded on celebrating the European modernist moment through our core collection, we are emerging as an institution that seeks to be accessible and of its moment, striving to explore the global heritage of modernism through through living contemporary artists,” said Todd D. Smith, Executive Director. “The inclusion of contemporary artists who work with NFTs gives us the opportunity to introduce Charlotte and our visitors to evolving technology and emerging artists inspired by modern art.”

ThanksX, real name Ryan Wilson, is best known for his “phigital” works, where he creates hybrid pieces made through physical and digital means. He first rose to prominence in 2009, when he created a Warhol-tribute stencil graffiti work with the words “Thank You X” underneath. More recently, ThankYouX has steadily cemented its presence in the NFT world through digital tokens embedded in physical canvas artwork, as well as immersive NFTs, such as one complete with a musical composition by Hans Zimmer. For Skip to nowThankYouX also created a custom mural for the exhibit that showcases its initial Warhol inspiration.

Born in Australia and now based in New York, by Kristin McIver the conceptual practice encompasses sculpture, sound, painting and installation. Her works in the exhibition explore themes of identity and celebrity in relation to participation and consumer culture. Mapped across space are portraits created using abstract data from many of Warhol’s most revered works.

Lately, Kevin HEESwhich simply uses the latter alias, shows its affinity for Basquiat by incorporating similar approaches into the execution – namely, an adherence to various cultural touchpoints to create raw, unconstructed brands that meditate on universal concepts, such as geometry, music and spirituality.

Pop to Now: Warhol and his Legacy opened earlier this month and will be on view in Charlotte, North Carolina through January 1, 2023.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 Tryon Street South
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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