Art: The Best And Worst Of Warhol

A show traces the banality that inspired and undid him

New York City's Museum of Modern Art, which showed no great enthusiasm for Andy Warhol while he was alive, went after him con brio as soon as he was dead. The bakemeats were barely cold upon the funeral table when the word went out that MOMA was going to give Warhol the palladium of a full-scale retrospective -- his first in New York since the more premature effort that went on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971. Whether MOMA wanted to get the crowds before a rival museum did, or simply to get the job over and...

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