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Alas, mere 'Shadows' in MOCA's Andy Warhol exhibit
Alas, mere 'Shadows' in MOCA's Andy Warhol exhibit

In January 1979, when Andy Warhol first showed "Shadows," a room-size installation made up of scores of silkscreen paintings, one critical observer of the exhibition was concise: "The show only looks good because it's so big," he wrote. The shadow paintings feature enigmatic blurs of dark and light in various colors. They filled the long center room of a large gallery in New York City's Soho neighborhood, on West Broadway just off Spring Street, where the dealer acquired them for a private foundation with which he was involved. The foundation, later known as Dia, still owns the paintings. Vapid and pretentious, the overblown installation ranks among the...

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