‘Sex Parts’ and shad­ows

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Is it pos­si­ble to go to a gro­cery store and not think of the “Camp­bell’s Soup Can” print in the soup aisle?

Is it pos­si­ble to look at the “Camp­bell’s Soup Can” on the wall of the High Mu­seum this sum­mer and not think about the ef­fects the rise of con­sumerism had on the women’s rights move­ment of the 1960s and ‘70s?

Those are some of the things Port­land, Ore­gon, art col­lec­tor Jor­dan Sch­nitzer wants vis­i­tors to think about as they take in the more than 250 works on dis­play from his fam­ily’s col­lec­tion of Andy Warhol pieces. The “sweep­ing ret­ro­spec­tive,” which fea­tures a num­ber of prints show­cas­ing themes of Warhol’s life as a gay man, will be at the High through Sept. 3.

Though he’s best-known for his se­rial prints fea­tur­ing the late ac­tress Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Com­mu­nist Party of China Chair­man Mao Ze­dong — both of which are cen­ter­pieces in the High ex­hi­bi­tion — a num­ber of pieces in Warhol’s port­fo­lio speak to his sex­u­al­ity.

To­ward the end of the ex­hibit walk-through is a small room cor­doned off with a warn­ing of adult con­tent. In this space is a set of blackand-white prints de­pict­ing the in­ti­mate de­tails of two men en­gag­ing in sex­ual acts.

This is “Sex Parts,” and these pieces speak di­rectly to Warhol’s life be­hind closed doors.

“I think they’re stun­ning, as is all of Andy Warhol’s work ar­tis­ti­cally,” Sch­nitzer said.



June 23, 2017

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