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Iconic Mass Culture: Andy Warhol's Portraits

Sept. 11 - Nov. 13, 2010


The exhibition will focus on the 150 Polaroid and Gelatin Silver prints given to the University of Wyoming Art Museum by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Selected photographs will be placed with borrowed silkscreen works to explore how these well-known images were created from Warhols use of both the formal yet instantaneous Polaroid portraits and the more informal Gelatin Silver images. The combination of all three image-making processes will examine how Warhol raised both the celebrity and unknown persons to an equal iconic status by treating and studying each subject similarly.

  • Funded in part by the Patricia R. Guthrie Special Exhibitions Endowment, Roy and Caryl Cline, Reta and Charles Ralph in memory of Rosemary Skinner, RMC Corporation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, Wyoming Public Radio, and the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum. David McCarthy is sponsored by the UW Art Department and the UW Art Museum.

Images:

Left: Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987), Sylvester Stallone, 1980, Polaroid, 4 x 3 inches, University of Wyoming Art Museum, gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Visual Legacy
Copyright 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Center: Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987), Unidentified Woman #27, 1980, Polaroid, 4 x 3 inches, University of Wyoming Art Museum, gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Visual Legacy
Copyright 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Right: Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987), Unidentified Woman, Plaid Shirt 1980, Polaroid, 4 x 3 inches, University of Wyoming Art Museum, gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Visual Legacy
Copyright 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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