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"Summer of Andy: Program Celebrates Andy Warhol's 75th Birthday"
2003-06-13 until 2003-10-05
Andy Warhol Museum
This summer, The Andy Warhol Museum is
presenting numerous special exhibitions and programs under the banner of
Summer of Andy- a celebration of the fact that August 6, 2003 would have
been Andy Warhols 75th birthday. Three exhibitions, Where is Elvis?,
Douglas Gordon: Blind Star and Too Hot to Handle: Creating Controversy
Through Political Cartoons open in June with an opening event on Saturday,
June 14. Next up are two more special exhibitions, Keith Edmier and Farrah
Fawcett and The American Supermarket. Both exhibitions will be on view July
13 through October 5, 2003 with an opening event on Saturday, July 12.
Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett
The exhibition, Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett, examines the connection
between artist and muse through a series of collaborative sculptures and
photographs by contemporary artist, Keith Edmier, and actress and artist,
Farrah Fawcett. Produced by Art Production Fund, the exhibition features the
results of a two-year collaboration between the artists, spurred by Edmiers
childhood admiration of Fawcett.
The centerpiece of the exhibition, Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett 2000,
includes a pair of nude sculptures the artists made of each other. Both
life-size, a reclining Fawcett is rendered in white marble; a standing
Edmier in bronze. In the sculptures, the artists are depicted less as
themselves than as ideals. Edmiers boyish good looks are enhanced and
Fawcett has not aged since her 1976 television debut. In reinventing the
image of Fawcett that was so crucial to his youth, Edmier shifts the
narrative of his past from first to third person, unhooking it from
autobiography. But by providing a grown-up Edmier as mate to a 1970s
Fawcett, the collaboration sustains the original fantasy, suggesting that
past is never wholly resolved.
The American Supermarket
The American Supermarket is a recreation the famous 1964 Pop Art
installation of the same name. A collaboration between the great names of
Pop Art including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Artschwager, Robert
Watts, Tom Wesselman and others, the exhibition is an evocation of an
ordinary 1964 supermarket - complete with meat, cheese and fruit counters,
neon signs and jaunty background musak. In the installations aisles, real
foods are mixed together with iconic Pop works such as Warhols stacks of
Campbells Soup cans and Robert Watts alluring chrome fruits and
multi-colored wax eggs.
The American Supermarket was recreated by the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
for their recent exhibition, Shopping: A Century of Art and Consumer
Culture. The installations presentation at The Warhol is the first time it
will be seen in the United States since its sensational 1964 debut at New
York Citys Bianchini Gallery.