For Immediate Release:
WHAT: Andy Warhol: Pop and Polaroid
WHERE: Tweed Museum of Art,
University of Minnesota Duluth
WHEN: August 25th, 2009 – May 16th, 2010
Duluth, MN—The Tweed Museum of Art, presents Andy Warhol: Pop and Polaroid, an exhibition of photographs by the iconic American artist, Andy Warhol, August 25th, 2009 – May 16th, 2010.
Painter, printmaker and filmmaker, prolific, iconic and influential, Andy Warhol made an enduring mark on the American cultural landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. Warhol’s appetite for popular culture included making tens of thousands of popular-personality photos. The Tweed Museum of Art wishes to announce that a select set of Warhol Polaroids and black and white prints will be on exhibition.
The photographs are a recent acquisition of the Museum thanks to a gift from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy program that was launched in 2007 in celebration of the Warhol Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. Over 28,500 Warhol photographs were donated to 160 college and university museums, galleries and art collections throughout the nation. Each received a set of original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints.
The photographs range from celebrity portraits to painting subjects that collectively demonstrate the range of Warhol’s aesthetic interests and the reach of his curious roving eye. Especially notable are the Polaroid portraits that reveal the artist’s frank engagement and fascination with extroverted personalities.
Warhol often used these photographs as the basis for commissioned portraits, silkscreen paintings, drawings, and prints. He published three books, one posthumously, featuring his black and white photographic work: Andy Warhol’s Exposures (1979), America (1985) and Andy Warhol’s Party Book (1988). Together with the photographic exhibitions that began in the early 1990s, they offer the public a glimpse into Warhol’s artistic practice.