Dali Museum Wows With Warhol

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Devotees of Salvador Dali’s fascination with the world of dreams can now examine his work and contrast it with that of Andy Warhol, whose paintings, drawings, photographs and films of the everyday are on display at the Dali Museum here.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have until the end of this week to visit this insightful exhibition, which closes June 1, 2014.

The museum’s current exhibit comes entirely from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and includes more than 100 works.

Perhaps the most striking are the photographs of painters and performers whom the artist encountered or found compelling.

The exhibit, titled “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality,” underscores the artist’s ferocious work ethic: ceaselessly drawing, photographing, making prints and filming.

There is a huge assortment of marvelous Polaroids of the celebrities who peopled the worlds in which he moved: Warhol with Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Warhol with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

There are numerous snaps of Julian Schnabel, Francis Bacon and a winsome one of Roy Lichtenstein.

But perhaps the most powerful shot is a closeup portrait of Warhol himself, with his shock of white hair: the face so close and yet with such a faraway look.

The breadth of Warhol’s work is stunning and often moving. A series of acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen images captures Jackie Kennedy as she morphs from smiling wife of President John F. Kennedy to grimly mourning widow of her murdered husband.

The exhibit also showcases Warhol’s obsession with iconic American marketing images: the box of Heinz 57 ketchup, the myriad versions of the Campbell soup can.

Warhol’s 16-millimeter, 54-minute silent black and white film “The Kiss” runs as part of the exhibit.