That Time Andy Warhol Was Rejected by the MoMA

04.16.12 Marina Galperina

This is how the Museum of Modern Art reps rejected artists in 1956 — with an unnecessarily large pile of finely minced words. Just a few years before Andy hit it big with Marilyn pop soup, “the Committee” thought that the MoMA’s “severely limited gallery and storage space” made it “not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.” In other words — it sucks, no thanks, come get it, thanks. Before you print and hang this on your wall for inspiration and pffft and snicker at MoMA because Andy’s about to sell a silkscreen Elvis for $50 million at Sotheby’s… do remember that it was just a drawing a Shoe.