Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years is an ambitious new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that tries to get a handle on the pop artist's greatness, and on the huge effect his work has had on other artists. As I write in my Newsweek review, the exhibition certainly establishes Warhol’s stature: there’s no denying the consummate power and strangeness of his art, and no one can doubt Warhol’s influence across high and popular culture. At the Met, however, the most telling nod to his excellence is the fact that almost none even among his greatest followers actually manage to fill his shoes. Many of them have made very fine works of art; Warhol changed what art could be by turning his whole life, and everything in it, into one huge tableau.
This Web gallery puts works by Warhol beside pieces by artists the Met is billing as Warholians. It also lets those Warholians comment on their “master,” thanks to quotes pulled from the exhibition catalogue.