His art was about more than Campbell soups can and images of Marilyn Monroe.
In fact, some of Andy Warhol maintained a surprising interest in exploring and celebrating nature in his work.
Starting Sunday, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will display an exhibition of Warhol’s “Flowers” silkscreen series.
The exhibitions, titled “Warhol: Flowers in the Factory” will feature works by Warhol juxtaposed with horticultural interpretations of his art. It’s meant to explore the connections between nature and fine arts.
Four iconic Warhol silkscreens of hibiscus, from the original series of 10 flower silkscreens produced in the mid-1960s, will be on display, as well as two Warhol poinsettia prints, created in 1983 as holiday gifts for friends.
Living displays throughout the grounds and in the glass house conservatory will emphasize the repetition, modular designs and juxtaposition of Warhol’s work.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Carol Ockman, Selby Gardens curator at large.
“Like the Campbell Soup cans and the portraits of superstars, the flowers take a popular source, simplify it, then enlarge, print, and repeat it mechanically,” Ockman said. “Equally fascinating is to think of the flowers, and nature more broadly, as a regenerative tonic to the modern world at large.”