If a crisis does nothing else, it makes for good art. I’m not so sure I would go so far as saying it’s the end of the world as we know it, but there does seem to be a seismic change or two in the air.
The Andy Warhol Museum (in Pittsburgh) has arranged a show of works by contemporary artists titled The End that seeks to analyze the power of art in troubled times.
The End confronts this hard-edged topic of a spiral into economic collapse. In addition, Warhol’s Death and Disasters, Skulls, Jackie, and Electric Chair series will be on view in the permanent collection galleries to explore Warhol’s own fixation and fascination with the theme of disaster. “The financial industry tanked mere days before I started my position here at The Warhol, and when presented with the opportunity of organizing my first exhibition at the Museum, I wanted to jump right into the abyss and confront this crisis head-on. Andy Warhol was no stranger to death and disaster, and it only makes sense that we, as an institution, respond to this momentous period in history as it plays out,” said Eric C. Shiner, The Warhol’s Milton Fine Curator of Art.
The contemporary artists included in the exhibition are Lida Abdul, Beth Campbell, Luis Camnitzer, Daniel Canogar, Castromori (Hiroshi McDonald Mori + Stefano Castronovo), Davis/Langlois, David Deutsch, Mary Beth Edelson, Karen Finley, Roland Flexner, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lukas Maximilian Hüller, Rashid Johnson, Cary Liebowitz, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jonathan Meese, Trevor Paglen, Hirsch Perlman, Raymond Pettibon, Jane Philbrick, Martha Rosler, Diane Samuels, Shelly Silver, Susanne Slavick, Althea Thauberger, Mitra Trabizian, Banks Violette, Hugh Walton, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, and Aaron Young.