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Andy Warhol’s “Flowers for Tacoma” fill Tacoma Art Museum’s big gallery with delicacy and pop art style

Andy Warhol's vision for the Tacoma Dome. Image courtesy City of Tacoma.

It’s a tantalizing vision of Tacoma – a gray downtown and port area, brightened by an enormous yellow hibiscus flower coating the Tacoma Dome. It was Andy Warhol’s vision for the Dome back in 1982, but Tacoma officials and citizens had other plans and we ended up with a plain gray giant golf-ball. But Tacoma Art Museum doesn’t want to let the idea rest in peace, and has brought over 100 of the the pop artist’s original flower paintings, designs, photographs, prints and textiles back to town in “Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma,” open through next February.

If nothing else, it will totally brighten up anyone’s gray November day. But the gallery full of saturated colors and flowery designs is also a fascinating glimpse into a softer part of Warhol’s life that is often ignored as the Marilyns and Campbell’s soup cans blare into our collective consciousness.

Because Warhol liked flowers. Read more »