Clash of the Carnegies

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh—The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, and Carnegie Science Center—are going head-to-head in a friendly competition called Clash of the Carnegies. For this bracket-style competition, each museum selected six iconic artworks to represent each institution, and the ultimate winner is chosen by you, our visitors, fans, and followers.

Being The Warhol, we of course had to have our own spin on the competition. We enlisted a local artist, Brian Holderman, to take over The Warhol’s voting page. To see our takeover in action, vote using warhol.org/carnegieclash—keep your eye on the header.

We’re in the second round of voting and down to three images from our collection: Silver Clouds, Flowers, and Red Jackie. Which Warhol artwork will you choose to represent The Warhol in the final four? Let’s get a Warhol work of art to go all the way and represent the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for the next year!

A screen printed portrait of Jackie Kennedy. Her skin is a pale pink, her lips deep red, and tiny blue earrings peak out from under her bobbed hair. The background of the image is a striking bright red.

Andy Warhol, Red Jackie, 1964, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

 

Red Jackie, 1964
Wearing Oleg Cassini and white pearls, Jackie was the epitome of elegance—her look was timeless. Warhol made numerous portraits of her, in good times and in bad, and the source image for this portrait is from an early, happy time.

 

Against a background of grass, there are four flowers. A red flower, a yellow flower, and an orange flower arc along the bottom left corner of the image, and a blue flower is situated in the top right.

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

 

Flowers, 1964
These still-life paintings created in various sizes—from miniature to monumental—were depicted as artificial, acid-colored abstractions of the natural world. The source for the Flowers series was a Patricia Caulfield photograph of hibiscus from the June 1964 issue of Modern Photography. First shown in Leo Castelli gallery the same year, the canvases were arranged in multiple grid formations, covering the gallery walls.

 

The photograph depicts an installation piece at the Warhol museum. The floor is tan, and the walls are black, and large, rectangular, metallic silver balloons fill the space, drifting chaotically between the floor and ceiling.

Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds [Warhol Museum Series], 1994, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., photo by Abby Warhola

Silver Clouds [Warhol Museum Series], 1994
This interactive sculptural installation encourages viewers to play with floating, reflective Silver Clouds. Working with engineer Billy Klüver, Warhol originally wanted to make a floating light bulb, but when shown the reflective, silver Scotchpak material at Bell Laboratories, Warhol reportedly said, “Let’s make clouds.”

Jessica Warchall

Communications Manager