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“I’d like to be a machine” goes the quote often attributed to Andy Warhol (1928-1987), who scoffed at the notion of an artist’s unique signature. He ran a studio to produce images (and movies) that frankly borrowed their imagery from other mass-produced sources (e.g., soup cans, Brillo boxes, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis). And the great thing about a machine is that it can go on producing forever. All you need to keep it running are oil, money, and culture consumers. So indeed, SAM’s new monster show “love fear pleasure lust pain glamour death—Andy Warhol Media Works” proves that Warhol has, two decades after his death, cheated death. The Polaroids, prints, screen tests, and other art products on view here attest to the enduring value of his brand. Warhol got his start, after all, as a commercial artist in the ’40s and ’50s who created ads for department stores and clothiers long shuttered and forgotten. He’s outlasted them all, with an inventory reaching forward into our new millennium. How many Fortune 500 companies can say the same? BRIAN MILLER

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 13. Continues through Sept. 6, 2010

 
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