To walk in off the street and see the drawings in this show one could not be faulted for thinking that they were either the energetic output of a recent MFA grad posing as a faux primitive with skill or a collection of 50’s memorabilia that is being resurfaced in either a genuine or commercial ‘rediscovery’. The numerous drawings here, all from 1949 -1958, show a looseness and a grace which might surprise anyone who either loves or hates Warhol for his surprisingly powerful soup can routine done only four years after the last of these drawings. It might even irk some that the great silver-haired flåneur, hidden in the back of the silver foiled factory could actually draw. But underneath all the smoke and mirrors of Warhol –reality, myth and history- is the coy fact that he was a great artist, whether he was making simple illustrations or celebrity portraits. They should teach how to do that in grad school.
- Keith Miller