Andy Warhol Photo Exhibit
A good picture, Andy Warhol once declared, was one that was "in focus and of a famous person." And Warhol contributed more than his share of such images to the world.
The modern-art icon, who snapped thousands of Polaroids and black-and-white gelatin prints over a decade of social stargazing, made his mark on American culture by creating works that transformed images, faces and transitory moments into slick little packages of pop. Many of these works began with a photograph of a celebrity or socialite—a photo that Warhol, with his camera ever in tow, often took himself.
Forty-five of Warhol’s Polaroids, recently gifted to Dickinson by the Andy Warhol Foundation, are currently on display at The Trout Gallery.
The exhibit, Photographs by Warhol, includes shots of prominent figures such as Sylvester Stallone, Barbara Allen and Martha Graham, as well as Screen Tests, a loop of silent-film portraits Warhol created as audition pieces for his art films. Shot in Warhol’s Factory between 1964 and ’66, the black-and-white film footage includes brief, silent portraits of Salvador Dali, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Berrigan and Nico, among others [story continues below].
Photographs by Warhol opened March 3 with a reception and speech by art historian Neil Printz. Printz, who curated the show, is a past member of the board of directors for the Andy Warhol Authentication Board and co-editor of the Andy Warhol Foundation’s multivolume catalog of all 12,000 of Warhol’s works, The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné.
In his speech Printz spoke about Warhol’s impact on the art scene of the 1960s and 70s. He also discussed Warhol’s use of photographs, both as pieces in and of themselves and as materials for other works.
Story by MaryAlice Bitts
Photos by A. Pierce Bounds '71