Warhol, LGBTQ Art Featured in New McNay Exhibitions


One of America's best known Twentieth Century artists is the focus of an exhibition at San Antonio's McNay Art Museum, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

McNay Director Richard Aste says more than 120 Andy Warhol paintings, prints, photographs and videos will be on display. He says it is great to feature artists with wide name recognition.

"This is our very best of our Warhol exhibitions," Aste said. "You really get face to face not only with the artist, but with the people who he identified as his own community."

And that community made up most of the cultural icons of the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Subjects of the Warhol art on display range from singers like Judy Collins and Dennie Harry, but actor Dennis Hopper, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, as well as Warhol himself.

Warhol was a chronicler of fashion, and the unique sixties and seventies styles of Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, and Bob Mackie, among others, make the exhibition come alive.

Aste says the return of Warhol for his third showing at the McNay is part of the museum's goal of becoming 'the Netflix of Art Attractions.'

"All you have to do is stay tuned, because your favorite program, your favorite exhibition, your favorite work of art, will soon be on our campus."

He points to the extremely successful exhibition of the American automobile as art in motion which ran earlier this year.

The McNay is also opening an exhibition this week called 'Transamerica/n,' which focuses on the development of LGBTQ art and culture in the fifty years since the Stonewall riots began the Gay Rights movement.

Aste says the exhibition is "the country’s first broad survey of contemporary artwork from across North America to explore the construction of identity through gender and outward appearance. Transamerica/n celebrates a spectrum of gender identity through artists from underrepresented backgrounds in the United States (many from the San Antonio community), Mexico, and Canada."

ART IMAGES COURTESY: MCNAY MUSEUM