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The Campbell soup cans are there. The piled-high Brillo boxes are there. There are the many faces of Jackie O, and there is Andy Warhol himself colored a livid green in a self-portrait from 1986, his feathery hair jutting out at many angles as if starring in an early iteration of Wicked.

But for all the many must-see familiars in the Whitney Museum’s retrospective Andy Warhol: From A to B to Back Again, let your eyes rove throughout this exhibition. Opening this coming Monday, it is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. museum since 1989, two years after Warhol’s death.

While you see all that made Warhol famous, look for the Warhol you don’t know. It may make you smile more. It will certainly give you a welcome jolt, even if, as one woman said softly to a companion at Tuesday’s press preview, “I’m just so nervous about tonight and the election results. Every day brings a new disaster.”

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Author: By tim.teeman@thedailybeast.com (Tim Teeman)