Warhol and Cars: American Icons

June 24, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Warhol and Cars: American Icons is the first exhibition to examine Andy Warhol’s enduring fascination with automotive vehicles as products of American consumer society. The exhibition features more than forty drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptural models, and related archival material spanning the Pop Art icon’s entire career. As one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol has helped to define America. His signature images, whether American products such as Campbell’s soup cans or Coca-Cola bottles, or celebrities like Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, are instantly recognizable worldwide.

Warhol and Cars highlights include early line drawings and 1950s commercial work, paintings, and works on paper from the 1960s through the 1980s that present his signature silkscreen process. Also included is a 1979 film of Warhol painting and discussing a BMW M1 as part of the BMW Art Race Car Projects introduced by French racer Hervé Poulain.

Warhol and Cars was organized by the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, and curated by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator. The majority of the work in the exhibition is from the permanent collection of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, Warhol and Cars: American Icons, published by the Montclair Art Museum. The catalog is available for purchase through the Museum Store.

Complement your visit to Warhol and Cars with an audio tour, available through any internet-enabled device (smartphone, MP3, tablet). Simply scan the QR code or enter the web address from the label next to the artwork, tap Play, and enjoy insight from curator Gail Stavitsky. Please note that earphones are required; bring your own, or purchase earbuds in the Museum Store for $1.50. A transcript is available in the gallery for visitors without internet-enabled devices or for those with hearing impairments.