Andy Warhol ’80s
In the 1980s, Warhol had a re-emergence of critical and financial success partially due to his affiliation and friendships with a number of prolific younger artists. One of the most fortuitous aspects of Andy Warhol’s professional direction in the eighties was meeting and forming a friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat. Through this unlikely confluence of artistic styles and personalities, New York’s attention was once again focused on Warhol when the exhibit debuted in 1984. While it was not quite the triumph the involved parties were hoping for, the partnership produced an unlikely effect on Warhol’s work. Other renowned Andy Warhol 80s prints was The Last Supper.
The 1980s was also a period where Warhol was criticized for becoming merely a “business artist.” His 1980 exhibit of 10 portraits at the Jewish Museum in New York, entitled Jewish Geniuses, was also harshly criticized. Warhol was uninterested in Judaism and Jews but described in his diary as “They’re going to sell.” Some critics have come around to view Warhol’s superficiality and commerciality as “the most brilliant mirror of our times.”
Warhol died in 1987 due to complications following an operation. As per his desire, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established after his death.