Alex Taylor

Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol is arguably the most influential artist since World War II. But Warhol was full of paradoxes – at once aggressively public and deeply private, and a serious artist who presented his life and art as all surface: the soup-can paintings, the candy-colored Marilyns, the glitzy Manhattan social scene. Beyond his towering status, there’s not much consensus about who Warhol, a man whose works have sold for $100 million or more, really was.

Image courtesy of the University Art Gallery

In recent decades, critics have increasingly focused on how different genders are represented in film, TV and video games. But the critique can go much further into history, and the paintings, drawings and sculpture that also influence how we view each other.