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He may have enjoyed the longest 15 minutes in history, but there’s still plenty by this pop star you haven’t seen, including his never-before-toured Shadows at the Arts Club and Polaroids not meant for the public at the Smart.
Arts Club of Chicago, through July 29 Based on photographs of a single shadow, Warhol’s 102-section silk-screen Shadows forms an immersive environment the pop impresario once likened to “disco décor.” It’s also a surprisingly contemplative monument to abstraction that has been on permanent display at New York’s DIA Beacon for many years. Here’s a rare chance to see 54 sections of it without hopping a plane. 201 E Ontario. artsclubchicago.org.
Smart Museum of Art, May 10-August 21 Warhol at Work: Portrait Snapshots, 1973–86. Most of Warhol’s output was meant to be seen and gushed over, but these Polaroids were simply meant to be research. Lucky for us, we get to eyeball them anyway. Tue–Wed, Fri 10–4; Thu 10–8; Sat–Sun 11–5; free. U of C, 5550 S Greenwood. smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
Photograph: Courtesy of the Arts Club Of Chicago