Tickets on sale today for Whitney’s Warhol retrospective


Image credit: Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Flowers, 1964. Fluorescent paint and silkscreen ink on linen, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago; gift of Edlis/Neeson Collection, 2015.123 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

NEW YORK – Tickets for “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again,” the Whitney’s landmark retrospective opening this fall, will become available on Monday, August 6, in celebration of what would have been Warhol’s 90th birthday. The birthday celebration will take place from 12 to 12:30 pm in the museum’s lobby.
There will be an informal party for museum visitors with a five-tier birthday cake decorated with motifs from Warhol’s Flowers series (1964–70), designed by Chelsea-based Empire Cakes. The Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam Weinberg and Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator Donna De Salvo, curator of Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, will make brief remarks before cutting the cake.

Taking the 1950s and Warhol’s experience as a commercial illustrator as foundational, and including numerous masterpieces from the 1960s, Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again tracks and reappraises the later work of the 1970s and 80s through to the artist’s untimely death in 1987. The upcoming exhibition, which will feature more than 350 works of art, will be the largest show devoted to a single artist since the Museum moved to its downtown location. The Warhol retrospective opens at the Whitney on November 12 and runs through March 31, 2019. Following its New York premiere, the exhibition will travel to two other major American art museums, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.


The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875−1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.