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Dali Museum showcases Warhol works

The exhibit "Jackie" features a series of photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. (Chris O´Meara/AP)
The exhibit "Jackie" features a series of photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Andy Warhol was an early adopter of selfies, if a new exhibition showcasing his work is any indication.

The pop artist's work is showcased in a large new exhibition at the Dali Museum, which includes paintings, drawings, and, yes, self-portraits - taken with the Instagram of the 1970s, Polaroid.

There's Warhol posing with a skull, Warhol looking moody in black-and-white, and Warhol wedged in between John Lennon and Yoko Ono (bonus points: celebrity selfie!).

And despite the 1970s clothing and Studio 54-era glitter of the art and photographs, the exhibit feels fresh. Warhol's vision of pop culture and fame fits right in with America's 21st-century love of the Kardashians and TMZ.com.

The show of more than 100 works and some films is open to the public Saturday through April 27. The works are on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where Warhol was born and raised before moving to New York City.

It's a first for the Dali, a museum devoted to the surrealist master's work.

Museum executive director Hank Hine said during a media tour that "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality." was the first large-scale special exhibition for the museum since it moved into a stunning new building along St. Petersburg's waterfront in 2011.

"This is totally appropriate to the legacy of Dali," Hine said.

The exhibition showcases some of Warhol's famous silkscreens, including a red self-portrait from a year before he died. There are also several panels of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a few quirky versions of his Campbell's soup cans. There are TV monitors set up to show the artist's "screen tests," short films of a single person against a plain background.

Salvador Dali and Warhol had much in common, Hine said, and the show contains two photos of the men clowning around in a hotel room together.

Dali was a generation older - born in 1904 - than Warhol, who was born in 1928, but both captivated the public with their attention-getting and sometimes controversial works of art.

Warhol often visited Dali when Dali stayed in a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York (according to one story, Dali tied Warhol to a spinning board and splattered paint over him). Warhol also made one of his "screen tests" of Dali, telling him not to move during the three-minute filming.

Dali ignored that instruction and left the frame.

The exhibition not only shows Warhol's screen tests, but allows viewers to make their own.

The show has a replica of Warhol's screen-test set, where visitors can sit in front of a camera and then send their tests to Twitter and Facebook - allowing them their 15 minutes of fame on social media.

Warhol would have approved.

 


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Tamara Lush Associated Press
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