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"Andy Warhol Drawings: 1942-1986"
1999-08-08 until 1999-11-28
Walker Art Center
USA United States of America
Since his death 11 in early 1987, Andy Warhols stature as an artist has been increasingly recognized
worldwide. One of the least-studied aspects of his work to date are his drawings and works on paper.
While it is widely believed that Warhol curtailed his drawing after establishing a career as a commercial
artist in New York during the 1950s, he, in fact, drew prolifically during the 1970s and 1980s, often
working on weekends when the volatile activities of his high-profile life were relatively quiet. Most of these
later drawings were not exhibited at the time.
Jointly organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Kunstmuseum, Basel, this
retrospective exhibition of nearly 200 drawings from the late 1940s to 1986 will focus on two different
periods of the artists career--the 1950s and 1960s.
During the 1950s, at the start of his career in New York, Warhol produced hundreds of
drawings--commercial work for the fashion and advertising industries, and intimate portrait studies of
friends, often with the addition of gold leaf to enhance the glamour and seductive qualities of the image.
By the early 1960s, and especially the period from 1962 when he started to use the technique of
photo-silkscreen printing, his drawings have an experimental and exploratory feel, as they combine
elements of photography, collage, the written instructions of working studies, and, on occasion, finished
pencil and colored crayon or watercolor.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition which will conclude its tour at The Andy Warhol Museum.
Curators: Mark Francis, Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Dieter Koepplin, Curator, Offentliche Kunstsammlung
at the Kuntsthalle Tubingen and Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster
Walker coordinating curator: Philippe Vergne with Anastasia Shartin>