Past Exhibitions

"Andy Warhol: Acquisitions and Jamestown Nexus"

February 4 through March 21
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WARHOL, the eccentric master of the eclectic, rose from a modest upbringing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then a dark, soot covered steel town, to become a global superstar.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Marilyn Monroe, 1967 (Feldman and Schellman #27)
From a portfolio of 10 serigraphs printed in colors, 36 x 36 inches
A Gift of Ken and Lois Strickler in honor of Robert Hagstrom.
© 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Artists
Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Through original artworks, films, artifacts, text, and friend and family stories, Warhol’s life (emblematic of the American dream) will come alive through the Weeks Gallery exhibition.

The show includes Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, a recent gift from Lois Strickler, and selections from Warhol’s 51 gelatin silver prints and 103 Polaroid photos granted by The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program to the Weeks Gallery’s Global Collection of Photography. Images include portraits of celebrities like Dorothy Hamill, Truman Capote, Lilly Tomlin, Pia Zadora, Margaux Hemingway, and numerous friends.

 

Many ask: Why was Warhol famous? What were his pop art and entrepreneurial achievements?

For many art historians, he was the late twentieth century’s most visionary artist! His broad vision impacted many cultural niches and American life in general. His masterpieces are classics within the postmodern era. To illustrate, Warhol’s Eight Elvises, 1963, sold in 2008 for $100 million in a private sale to an anonymous buyer.

Warhol’s ground shaking avant-garde films challenged actors, co-producers, critics, and audiences alike; in the end, these films transformed American film and television industries. His whimsical and innovative commercial illustrations and colorful flower and cat series (with classical lines) delighted fashion clients and traditionalists. Warhol was the defining spirit of his age.

Innovations, like Interview magazine, Andy Warhol’s TV, and management of The Velvet Underground rock band, broke other boundaries. The list goes on with his portraits and repetitions of everyday consumer objects and pop icons, like Campbell’s soup cans, cows, and Elvis.

Warhol wanted to know everyone, from the underground to the rich and famous. At The Factory, he connected friends from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ community that he openly supported. His egalitarian spirit, like his art and networking savvy, was ahead of his time.

Robert Hughes in TIME, March 9, 1987, summed up Warhol’s notoriety: “To the end, Warhol remained surrounded by an aura of popular fame such as no other American artist had ever known in his or her lifetime−a flash-card recognizability that almost rivaled Picasso’s.

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