The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross Comes To The Warhol
By Zara Husaini
Calling all comic book lovers: the work of one of the greatest artists in the world of comics is
now showcased in Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum.
The Warhol Museum is known from bringing neglected representations of pop culture to its
seven-story museum. Exhibitions range from thought provoking to downright shocking. ‘Heroes
and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross’ will appeal to even the most die-hard comic
fans. Its unique celebration of characters and – both famed and obscure – conjures childhood
nostalgia and a sense of pure Americana. Superman, Uncle Sam, and The Wicked Witch Of The
West are just a few of the characters that have inspired the artwork featured here.
Entitled “Heroes and Villains”, the exhibit will include over 100 pieces from some of history’s
best-loved comic book authors and pop artists. Alex Ross is the obvious star of this exhibit, but
works from Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis, JC Leyendecker, and Andrew Ross’
mother Lynette will also be featured.
In this show, comic-inspired snapshots will come off the page and be presented in multiple
dimensions: drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures, and even videos will all be included in the
Jesse Kowalski, the Director of Exhibitions at the Warhol Museum, curated the exhibit. Kowalski
is not just a pop art expert; he is also a huge comic book aficionado. He grew up surrounded
by comics, and this exhibition will be his second attempt to bring a sense of superhero culture
to the museum. For those fortunate enough to have seen it, this exhibit will be reminiscent of
Kowalski’s Darth Vader collection.
In addition to the fixed artwork, the museum will also be holding a film series; this event will last
the duration of the exhibition. Escape For New York, The Toxic Avenger, Nights Of The Creeps,
and Revenge Of The Nerds will all be screened at The Warhol Theatre, which is conveniently
located inside the museum. Each film screening will be an event in and of itself: special guests
will attend certain showings to answer audience questions. A list of the guests and their dates
of attendance can be found on The Warhol Museum’s website.
The exhibit will run through January 8, 2012.
Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-10am, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, Mon closed
Zara Husaini is a Drexel grad and Pittsburgh native. She has written for Seventeen Magazine,
Redbook Magazine, College Magazine, US weekly, College Candy, and Maniac Magazine. She
also has a blog called Maybe You Should Blog About It.