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Warhol’s Nature JULY 2015

Catalogue accompanying a new exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The pervasive image of Andy Warhol and his work seem antithetical to the idea of nature – organic, authentic, rugged.  However, throughout his career he engaged with the natural world, from his early drawings of birds and bees as a commercial illustrator to camouflage screen prints made in the last year of his life. 

This overlooked and understudied aspect of Andy Warhol’s work is explored in Warhol’s Nature, an exhibition opening on 4th July at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas and in the accompanying catalogue published by Scala. 

Essays by the curator Chad Alligood, Michael Jay McClure and Matt Wrbican scrutinise the idea of nature, Warhol’s relationship with the natural world and offer a fresh perspective on some of Warhol’s most iconic works such as his Flowers series. 

The exhibition argues that Warhol was driven by the nature within him to transform the world around him into intelligible and fixed forms, as illustrated by his flat, vibrantly coloured and motionless depictions of nature. 

Chad Alligood concludes his essay: ‘Warhol’s nature: a circumscribed wild, a controlled chaos, a reluctant embrace of the elemental forces that drive us’.

The catalogue is available now and the exhibition is open until 5th October.