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Warhol And Marisol Debut At MCA

By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 20, 2013 10:00PM

Marisol and Andy Warhol at an Opening of John Willenbecher's work at Feigen and Herbert Gallery, New York, 1963. Photo © Adelaide de Menil, courtesy of Acquavella Galleries, New York.
Batman and Robin. Pinky and the Brain. Peanut butter and jelly. Everyone loves a good duo. Tomorrow, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will debut an exhibition that shows off the side-by-side work of two famous friends. MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol opens Sept. 21 and will show through June 2014.

This exhibition shows the work of Andy Warhol and Marisol Escobar as they relate to each other. While Warhol needs no introduction for most, Marisol may. She was a pop art icon who gave up painting after being inspired by Columbian artifacts and turned to wooden sculpture with intricately painted portraiture. It studies their relationship in the 1960s, at the time that both were discovering the trademark styles that would later make them famous: Warhol’s silk-screen technique, especially with mass media images, and Marisol’s famous flat, painted wooden sculptures.

The work promises to show where their work intertwines, such as Marisol’s portrait of Andy, and Warhol’s film features of Marisol, and where it diverges. This chronicles both a friendship and two amazing careers during the Pop Art era, and we’re excited to walk the timeline and get to know each artist better, through their own work and the work of a friend.