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Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum
September 24, 2005 - February 20, 2006
(above: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 20 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 3/4 inches (51.1 x 41 x 1.9 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts 2002.4.20)
As one of the most influential and iconic artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol challenged many basic cultural assumptions, including traditional distinctions between popular culture and fine art, prints and paintings, and art and social reportage. Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum features more than 150 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, works on paper and films from the renowned permanent collection of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The exhibition, a collaboration between the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, offers Washington audiences a rare opportunity to view some of The Andy Warhol Museum's most treasured works of art. Through the generous support of The PNC Financial Services Group, a leader of corporate philanthropy for the arts, the Corcoran will be the exclusive venue for this major presentation, on view from September 24, 2005 through February 20, 2006. (right: Andy Warhol, Jackie (Head-Shot Portrait), 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 1/8 x 1 inches (101.6 x 101.9 x 2.5 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.54)
"Most of us are very familiar with Warhol's famous images of Campbell's soup cans, Marilyn Monroe and the like -- many of which are part of this exhibition. But Warhol Legacy offers Corcoran visitors a chance to discover aspects of Warhol's career with which they may not be familiar," said Stacey Schmidt, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran. "In coordination with The Andy Warhol Museum, we've selected pieces that reflect Warhol's background as a talented commercial artist, examples of his achievements as a great draftsman and others that document his obsession with celebrities, wealth and death."
Exhibition highlights include many famous works including a large number of drawings that span Warhol's career from the early 1950s to the mid 1980s. His celebrated screenprints of Campbell's soup cans will be on view along with celebrity portraits of Liz Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. An entire gallery will feature Mao Zedong portraits, Mao wallpaper and Warhol's personal memorabilia of this famous political leader.
The exhibition explores a number of the subjects and themes that inspired and consumed Warhol throughout his life. Warhol Legacy is organized thematically to reflect the range of the artist's production over the span of his career, mining the strengths of The Andy Warhol Museum's diverse collection. Prominent themes include: Celebrity and Self-portraits; Abstractions; Death and Disaster; Guns, Knives, Dollar Signs and Crosses; Mao; and Early Hand-Painted Advertisements. A selection of Warhol's screen test films will also be shown in the galleries. (left: Andy Warhol, Female Fashion Figure, 1950s, ink and Dr. Martin's Aniline dye on Strathmore paper, 28 9/16 x 22 9/16 inches (72.5 x 57.3 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.1193)
"Andy Warhol has been a household name for more than 40 years. However, even though scores of exhibitions and publications have been produced in these four decades, the Corcoran's exhibition will help deepen knowledge of this world-famous artist by incorporating The Warhol's unique archival collection, proving that there is still more to be learned about the 'Boy from Pittsburgh who made good,'" said Tom Sokolowski, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum.
"Historically, the Corcoran family worked closely with Riggs Bank, now PNC Financial Services, to support both the banking and arts community of our nation's capital. PNC's sponsorship of Warhol Legacy is a wonderful continuation of this tradition," said Michael Harreld, President, PNC Bank -- Greater Washington Area.
Curators for the exhibition include Stacey Schmidt, Corcoran Gallery of Art Associate Curator of Contemporary Art; and John Smith, The Andy Warhol Museum Assistant Director for Collections and Research
About Stacey Schmidt, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art
As the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Stacey Schmidt oversees the museum's collection of work from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 1980s and 90s. Ms. Schmidt has a particular focus in feminist art history; she is also dedicated to promoting the work of lesser-known, under-recognized artists.
Ms. Schmidt's recent exhibitions include American Paradigms: David Opdyke and Lane Twitchell ;Fashioning Art: Handbags by Judith Leiber; and William Newman: Peripheral Vision . She is currently working The 48th Corcoran Biennial: Closer to Home. In addition to curating exhibitions at the Corcoran and other venues around the country, she is the art editor of At Length, a quarterly literary magazine.
Ms. Schmidt received her M.A. in Art History from New York University and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (right: Andy Warhol, Monkey, 1950s, gold leaf, ink, and stamped gold collage on colored graphic-art paper, 22 x 16 inches (55.9 x 40.6 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.2064)
In addition to the themed café menu and Warhol-inspired merchandise available in the Corcoran shop, below is a sampling of programs and events scheduled in conjunction with the Warhol Legacy exhibition.
Editor's note: readers may also enjoy approximately 200 other Resource Library articles and essays citing Andy Warhol, including:
an essay on the artist by Lynne Cooke provided by the Dia Art Foundation
plus various articles on the Pop Art movement
and videos including:
Andy Warhol is a 77 minute 1987 video which was the first major profile of the American Pop-Art cult leader since his death in 1987. It covers Warhol's life and work through interviews, film clips and conversations with members of his family and his "superstar" friends. Featured are conversations with a dozen of his closest associates -- including Ondlne, Viva, John Giorno, Brlgid Berlin and others -- discussing his family, colleagues, the art world, and his impact on society.The video was produced by RM Arts; London Weekend Television
Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture was released in 2003 and is a 105 minute documentary on 2 tapes from Bfs Entertainment. Directed by Chris Rodley. Warhol was just as famous for being "Andy Warhol" as he was for his artwork. He was a celebrity's celebrity, yet he was also a shy, prolific artist who worked in everything from painting to film to music. This documentary provides a definitive look at Warhol's life and his creative process. Features rare audiotapes and films from the Warhol Foundation Archives in addition to interviews with Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper and more. "Exhilaratingly thorough, a Complete Oxford English Dictionary of Warhol" (The Times). DVD :includes a Warhol chronology, filmography and more.
Superstar - The Life & Times of Andy Warhol is an 87 minute
1991 documentary directed by Chuck Workman from Marylin Lewis Entertainment,
released through Winstar Home Entertainment. A documentary about the painter
Andy Warhol which traces his life from Pittsburgh schoolboy to pop art legend.
The film includes a behind the scenes look at "Factory" life and
several enigmatic interviews given by Warhol over the years, as well as
an array of images from Warhol's art and films.
Warhol is a 79 minute video which offers a profile of Andy Warhol's life and work examines a career that spanned painting, film, publishing, rock music, and television.
Biography: Andy Warhol. This video covers Pop artist Andy Warhol's life and work, from his paintings based on comic strips and photos of public personalities to his painted replicas of Campbell's Soup cans. 50 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)
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