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Andy Warhol's 'Self-Portrait' from 1967 is one of the works featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit 'Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.' Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 10:44 a.m.
 

Andy Warhol is having a “soupersized” year.

The artist is popping up all over the art-and-style world in a rebirth that's timed to the 25th anniversary of his 1987 death.

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art salutes the artist with its “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” exhibit, which runs through the end of the year, and fashion and beauty have followed suit.

The exhibit features 45 paintings, sculptures and films by the Pittsburgh-born artist and pieces by 60 other artists who have reinterpreted or reacted to his works.

The everlasting allure of Warhol?

“To me, (Warhol's work) seems very happy,” says celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar. “His color palette was uplifting and people are looking for that now.”

A few of the Warhol most-wanted:

• Nars recently launched its luxe new Warhol makeup collection. François Nars told Gotham magazine: “The colors Andy used in his paintings have never gone out of style. I love the saturated colors Andy used in his work — reds, blues, yellows. He was unafraid to be bold. In the same way, I believe the shades of this collection will appeal to a modern-day woman, someone who's looking to make a statement.” It's the first time the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has collaborated on cosmetics. Michael Hermann, licensing director for the Warhol foundation, said it decided to venture into cosmetics with Nars because of the latter's “fearless, cutting-edge approach.” The brand's $55 palettes are based on the artist's 1967 self-portrait. The 29-piece limited edition collection is available exclusively at Sephora.

• For those with deeper pockets, Christie's auction house Monday will be selling works from the Warhol Foundation, based in New York City, which helped establish Pittsburgh's Warhol Museum. The works include photographs, paintings and prints and are estimated to sell for between $2,500 and $1.5 million. It's the first of several auctions over the next five years featuring thousands of works owned by the foundation. At auctions, Wednesday, two other privately held works by Warhol are expected to earn even more in a post-war and contemporary-art evening sale. Warhol's 3-D work “Statue of Liberty” is expected to sell for around $35 million, and a silkscreen print of a Marlon Brando photo from “The Wild One” could bring in between $15 million and $20 million.

• Chelsea girls, and boys, can protect their iPads, iPhones and iPods with InCase's vivid Warhol line of all manner of gadget accessories. A Warhol protective sleeve for a 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a silkscreen of Marilyn Monroe sells for $59.95; Snap Cases for the iPhone 4 feature everything from the Brillo box sculpture to Warhol self-portrait photos to his Cow Wallpaper for $39.95. There also are shoulder bags, tote bags and backpacks. (goincase.com)

• Marc Jacobs' spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection, shown at New York Fashion Week, was an homage to Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick, from the models' kohl-lined eyes to their pumped-up lashes and side-part hairdos.

• In August, the Campbell's Soup Co. released special-edition cans reminiscent of the artist's iconic 1962 painting of the company's red-and-white soup cans. The cans, which were sold at Target, are no longer available in stories, but collectors can find them on eBay and other resale sites. Campbell's Soup also is selling a Can of Hearts T-shirt for $15.95.

Locally, of course, visitors continue to flock to the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side, the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to a single artist. One of its current exhibits, “Warhol: Headlines” highlights the artist's enduring obsession with tabloid news. Another, “Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After” shows the strong influence Warhol has had on the artist's 30-year career.

This past spring, “Pop! the Musical,” which centered on when Warhol was shot in 1968, had its Pittsburgh premiere at City Theatre. It also has played at Yale University and in Washington, D.C.

In September, the British Royal Collection Trust acquired four silkscreen portraits by Warhol of Queen Elizabeth II, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The artist once famously said, “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.” He's come pretty close.

USA Today contributed to this report.

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