EXHIBITION ON VIEW
Andy Warhol portfolios: a life in pop works from the Bank of America Collection
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) is one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Warhol acquired fame through his work in many media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking and publishing; however, printmaking was always a central part of his art and his way of viewing the world.
Through prints, Warhol explored both the aesthetics and the mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture. This exhibition includes eight portfolios by Warhol, comprising more than eighty prints, starting with works from the early 1970s and continuing through to the series Endangered Species, created in 1983. These prints demonstrate many aspects of Warhol’s art, including his brilliance as a colorist, which can be seen in the early Flowers and Sunset series. In later series, Warhol experimented with the silkscreen printing process to create complex surface layers.
Warhol was a master at identifying the defining cultural images of his time; these print series display a wide range of his subject matter. In 1979, with Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, Warhol began to digress from the format of repeated images to create various series of iconic images around a single theme. The portfolio of Myths features his self-portrait along with the Wicked Witch of the West, Superman, Howdy Doody and others.Endangered Species grew out of Warhol’s concern for the environment.
Warhol himself became a defining cultural image, as evidenced by the series Andy Mouse, an homage by his friend and fellow artist Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990). Warhol was so taken by the imagery in the series that he agreed to co-sign the prints.