Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Andy Warhol: Catholicism His Work, Faith And Legacy

By Revd Jonathan Evens
"Repent and Sin No More" (1985) and Julia Warhola portrait (1974) by Andy Warhol
In 1987, in a eulogy given at a Memorial Mass for Andy Warhol, the art historian John Richardson revealed the extent of Warhol’s Catholic devotion and faith. Richardson shared with the congregation of 2,000 at New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral that Warhol had attended Mass several times a week at the St. Vincent Ferrer parish, ‘was responsible for at least one conversion,’ ‘took considerable pride in financing a nephew’s studies for the priesthood,’ and ‘regularly helped out at a shelter serving meals to the homeless and the hungry.’ The curators of next year’s Warhol retrospective at Tate Modern note that Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh to Carpatho-Rusyn parents who were devout followers of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church. [More]

Tate Modern: Andy Warhol (March 12 – September 6, 2020); Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG; +44 (0)20 7887 8888;

National Gallery: "Sin" (April 15 – July 5, 2020);Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN; +44 (0)20 7747 2885;
Andy Warhol Faith acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
Andy Warhol Faith And Sin – The Last Supper, 1986, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
"Julia Warhola" (1974) by Andy Warhol
"Repent and Sin No More" (1985) by Andy Warhol