Andy Warhol’s ‘Headline’: Sensationalism Always Sells by SUSAN STAMBERG–LISTEN-
Pop artist Andy Warhol died in 1987, but he’s making his presence felt around the nation’s capital these days. He’s featured in an art fair, in restaurants, in galleries and in two major museums. The Hirschhorn Museum is exhibiting silkscreens and paintings Warhol did — of photographs of shadows. And the National Gallery of Art has its first one-man Warhol show, Headline, focused on a series of paintings he made of Page One tabloid headlines.
Not just canvases. There are clips from movies he made, there’s audio from an LP, and there’s the man himself, on a TV screen in one gallery, co-hosting the 1983 cable show Andy Warhol’s TV. In his trademark white fright wig and a blue turtleneck, Warhol stares at the camera, face immobile even when his lips move. Uneasy. Enigmatic. Shy, but courting fame — and presenting the famous in his art. Headline-makers, the point of this show.