A retrospective of Andy Warhol’s work on display in San Francisco captures his use of artwork to create public personas for his subjects the way people do now using social media. “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and runs through Sept. 2. Organizers say it illustrates how Warhol foreshadowed the digital age.

This photo shows the piece called
This photo shows the piece called “Ethel Scull 36 Times” at the exhibition, “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This photo shows the entrance to the exhibition
This photo shows the entrance to the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A woman stands below words displayed at the exhibition
A woman stands below words displayed at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A woman records one of a series of self portraits at the exhibition
A woman records one of a series of self portraits at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A display of female icons, Elizabeth Taylor is reflected in an image of the Mona Lisa at the exhibition,
A display of female icons, Elizabeth Taylor is reflected in an image of the Mona Lisa at the exhibition, “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A pair of women look at the 1962 pop piece
A pair of women look at the 1962 pop piece “Campbell’s Soup Cans” at an Andy Warhol retrospective on display May 15, 2019, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A woman walks past
A woman walks past “Large Sleep,” a silkscreen ink on plexiglass and the 1963 piece “Triple Elvis” at the exhibition, “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Images of Jackie Kennedy are displayed in a room on female icons at the exhibition
Images of Jackie Kennedy are displayed in a room on female icons at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A woman looks at the piece called
A woman looks at the piece called “Silver Clouds” in the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This photo shows the piece
This photo shows the piece “Brillo Boxes” at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A man looks at a display of work from the 1980's at the exhibition
A man looks at a display of work from the 1980’s at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A man stands near an oil and egg emulsion on canvas called
A man stands near an oil and egg emulsion on canvas called “A Boy For Meg” at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
People stand in a room covered with
People stand in a room covered with “Flowers” paintings and “Cow Wallpaper” at the exhibition, “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This photo shows a piece from the 1950's
This photo shows a piece from the 1950’s “Gold Shoe” collages that depicted well-known people such as Truman Capote as dainty, gilded footwear at the exhibition, “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again, in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A woman records the female icon pieces of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe at the exhibition
A woman records the female icon pieces of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe at the exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” at the SFMOMA in San Francisco, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)