“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches” – Andy Warhol – a wise quote from the legendary pop artist. A quote which amid all the legal drama with the AP is advice that Shepard Fairey and museum patrons took to heart on Saturday when his “Supply & Demand” show was unveiled at the famed Warhol Museum. A special preview night was held to celebrate the second leg of Shepard’s 20 year retrospective and it seemed as if all the art lovers in the city of Pittsburgh were in attendance. AM had a front row seat to the festivities of the night. More after the jump.
The seven story Warhol Museum was a spacious and fitting place to hold the retrospective for the renowned urban/graphic artist, utilizing two entire floors to showcase the scale of the editions which Shepard has created through the first 20 years of his career. Traveling from the Boston ICA (also curated by them), we cameÂ expecting the show to contain what we experienced in Boston, but to our pleasant surprise, we saw some great new additions to the retrospective.
Similar to many of Shepard’s previous shows, the museum held a sold out “artist talk” to discuss many of Shepard’s recent and pastÂ works. Also discussed wasÂ his portrayal of “Muslim/Arabic” cultural references in his artwork. Shepard took all questions and addressed the inquisitive room as well as took time to sign autographs for appreciative fans.
Unlike the Boston ICA opening night (covered), there were no arrests before the actual party started rocking and once the museum hit near max-cap, Shepard’s alter-ego, DJ Diabetic, came on stage to drop the dopeness on the enthused crowded. DJ Z-Trip (who flew red-eye from his new Vegas residency at the Palms) then came in to bat clean up on the turntables.
Of course, the night can’t officially end without some unofficial fun. The Warhol museum hosted a private after-hours dinner at the Rivers Casino, where we feasted like kings at the high-roller buffet. It was like Vegas, but only it’s in Pittsburgh! Steel city has the best cheddar biscuits!