Show at Brooklyn Museum Unveils Andy Warhol’s Catholic, Abstract Side

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NEW YORK (REUTERS).- As a pop art pioneer, Andy Warhol blazed his way to fame with trademark Brillo soap pad boxes and silk-screens of Campbell’s Soup cans. But a new museum exhibit shows pop art was just a seven-year phase for Warhol in the 1960s, before his 1980s plunge into abstract art and Christian imagery, particularly his versions of “The Last Supper.” Flippant, brazen and flamboyant as an art world personality, Warhol long kept private his devout, lifelong Catholicism. “Only his closest confidants knew he was a religious person and frequently went to Mass,” said Sharon Matt Atkins, coordinating curator of the Brooklyn Museum exhibit “Andy Warhol: The Last Decade,” which opens on June 18. Little known is that Warhol attended church in the plush, Upper East