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"Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York"
1999-11-06 until 2000-01-20
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, PA, USA United States of America

This exhibition explors the photographic visions of two artists who each in his time became synonymous with fame and celebrity. Focusing on Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon) in Paris during the mid-1850s, and Andy Warhol (Andrew Warhola) in New York during the 1960s-1980s, the exhibition will examine similarities and differences in their portraits, the bohemian milieus they lived in and photographed, and the ways they used photography to create and consecrate a circle of famous people.

Organized by the Getty Museum, the Nadar/Warhol exhibition will open in Los Angeles at the Getty Center from July 20 through October 10, 1999. It will then travel to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (November 6, 1999 through January 30, 2000) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (March 12 through May 28, 2000).

The exhibition will include about 44 works by Nadar and 43 by Warhol. Nadar’s portraits include images of the actress Sarah Bernhardt, the artists Gustave Doré and Jean-François Millet, and writers Alexandre Dumas, Henri Mürger and George Sand. Among Warhol’s sitters are Edie Sedgwick, Truman Capote, Jane Fonda, Grace Jones, Liza Minnelli, and such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The works will be drawn from the holdings of the Getty Museum, which contains more than 500 works by Nadar; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum; the Musée d’Orsay; the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; and the Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue, titled Nadar/ Warhol: Paris/New York: Photography and Fame, published by the Getty Museum, with essays by Judith Keller and Gordon Baldwin, associate curators in the Museum’s Department of Photographs, and an introduction by Richard Brilliant, Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. The catalogue explores the ways in which each photographer promoted his own reputation and those of his subjects and how each emerged from the Bohemia of his day to add photography to his past list of artistic pursuits: Nadar as a writer and caricaturist, Warhol as a commercial graphic artist, then painter and filmmaker. The book celebrates their individual achievements and illuminates the role of the visual artist in the conscious creation of celebrity and the changing nature of fame.


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