June 26 – September 12, 2010
Walter & Leonore Annenberg Gallery, Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
Immediacy and impermanence are woven into Andy Warhol’s art, as reflected in his famous aphorism: “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Warhol was one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, and his conceptual influence on western art persists, even as some of his chemically fragile photographic legacy is literally fading before our eyes.
PAFA will exhibit Polaroid and black and white photographic prints by Warhol donated by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to PAFA – one of 183 institutions designated in 2008 to receive portions of Warhol’s artistic legacy as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, honoring the Foundation’s 20th anniversary.
These photographs came from a period of Warhol’s life when he was involved in more explicitly commercial enterprises, from magazine publishing to producing television shows and music videos. Warhol used black & white photographs as a visual diary to document people, places, and events in his everyday life. The Polaroid portraits served as studies from which he also developed his more prominent paintings and silkscreen works.
Warhol was fascinated with glamour and fame, and through his portraits he produced iconic, idealized images of the individual. Living in a world of celebrity and documenting its ever-changing cast of characters with the simplest of tools, Warhol recorded the known and the unknown – 15 minutes of fame for all.
Among the Polaroids are images of starlet Pia Zadora, singer Paul Anka, art collectors Kimiko Powers and Joan Sonnabend, artist Keith Haring. The black and white photographs include shots of Liza Minnelli, curator Henry Geldzahler, and artist Keith Haring, as well as images taken freely on the street.
Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art
PAFA's special exhibitions in 2010-11 are supported by generous contributions from Donald R. Caldwell, Max N. Berry, Esquire, and James C. Biddle.
Click Here to read Edward Sozanski's article on this show.