Who represents us? Andy Warhol’s

Who represents us? Andy Warhol’s

Who represents us? Andy Warhol’s ten portraits of twentieth-century Jews

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership SOUTH LOOP  – Until January 31, 2022 Chicago (US)






In 1980 Andy Warhol commemorated luminaries of modern Jewish culture. Sarah Bernhardt. Louis Brandeis. Martin Buber. Albert Einstein. Sigmund Freud. George Gershwin. Franz Kafka. the Marx brothers. Golda Meir and Gertrude Stein. Warhol portrayed these thinkers, politicians. Artists and writers in his iconic pop-art fashion, splashed with color and shape, blurring the lines between art and commerce.

Ronald Feldman.

The idea for the controversial series came from art dealer Ronald Feldman. Who, along with Susan Morgenstein of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, compiled the list of names. The series was warmly received by Jewish audiences. Despite negative reviews from art critics who viewed the works as exploitation. Hilton Kramer of the New York Times wrote: “It is offensive how he exploits his Jewish subjects without showing the slightest understanding of their meaning. Or would be, anyway, if the artist hadn’t already treated so many non-Jewish subjects in the same way. vulgar manner. Today, as we think of Jewish identity through a 21st century multicultural lens. Do these Jews represent us? Which does ? Check out this series and other highlights from the Spertus collection as we explore Jews in art.



Golda Meir

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