Artist Alex Ross is known for his reinventions of classic superheroes as works of fine art painted in gouache paint. This website from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh presents a dozen of Ross's paintings, and each work is zoomable and comes with commentary from the artist. Visitors can hear Ross discuss the difference between realistic and reality in his painting Superman #1, 1998, which was inspired by the cover of the very first Superman comic book, released June 1939. There's also a Ross portrait of Andy Warhol as a super hero, created especially for the exhibition, showing Warhol flying through a blue sky flanked by swans. If you can make it to Pittsburgh during the exhibition run, there are a host of special events, including a lecture by book designer and author Chip Kidd on December 7th. However, if a Pittsburgh trip is not in your future the online exhibition provides a hefty and satisfying sample.


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