Andy Warhol conjures up a lot of images for a lot of different people. Some think he was a brilliant artist; others feel that his art was a hoax; many just see him as a celebrity-obsessed partier who used his art as a means to climb the social ladder. It's hard to pinpoint Warhol into any of those categories—he certainly had elements of all three. However, there was a lot more to him than Studio 54 and Campbell's Soup prints. Warhol was quite philosophical about his art. Distributing hundreds of prints of a bottle of Coca-Cola may seem superficial, but Warhol believed "what's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too". That sums up the appeal of Warhol himself. Warhol pieces are obvious to you and to the high school kids passing by, the tourists and the real art connoissuers. Not everyone gets it, but everyone knows it. In that spirit, the Martin Lawrence Gallery hosts a retrospective of Warhol's work from the mid-'60s through the early '80s. Eleven one-of-a-kind pieces will be on display, as well as more recognizable pieces from the Cowboys and Indians collection and Myths. Prints of Mick Jagger and Marilyn Monroe will also be featured. The exhibition is free and open daily Saturday through September 4. The Martin Lawrence Gallery is located on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria, 13550 Dallas Parkway. Call 972-716-5335 for more information.
Aug. 11-Sept. 4
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