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Andy Warhol

"Warhol: Portraits & The Everyday"

January 22 - March 6 2019

“Warhol: Portraits and the Everyday” showcases the artist’s practice through three distinct but related platforms: Polaroid portraits, black and white photographs, and his large, colorful, screen-printed portraits. By bringing these three creative pursuits together in one gallery, viewers will get a snapshot of Warhol’s fluid approach to art and life.

The exhibition was organized by Lee Gallery and co-curated with Associate Professor Anderson Wrangle and MFA photography graduate student Amanda Musick. Works for the exhibition were loaned to the Lee Gallery from University Galleries at University of South Carolina Upstate and Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University. Both universities were granted original Warhol photographs for viewing and study as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, organized by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Legacy Program distributed Warhol’s photographic works to colleges and universities across the country to provide greater access to these relatively unknown bodies of work.  

Warhol’s Polaroid portraits of celebrities, couples and individuals were created as resource material for his larger commissioned screen prints. The collection of Polaroids in the exhibition present individuals in repeated but slightly different positions, as directed by Warhol during his photo sessions with the subjects. When viewed together, the Polaroids reveal subtle changes of expressions by the sitter. They also provide a thought-provoking counterpoint to our current fascination with selfies and the mediated presentations of identity through social media platforms.

Warhol’s black and white photographs function as a documentation of the people, places, objects and activities unfolding around him every day. For the viewer, they provide insight into the life of a famous artist, but for Warhol they were a way to collect and record things he liked and might potentially use later as a resource.

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Works by Andy Warhol

Warhol portrait of Sitting Bull.

"Sitting Bull"

On loan from Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University

Warhol portrait of Queen Beatrix.

"Queen Beatrix"

On loan from University Galleries, University of South Carolina Upstate

Warhol gallery installation view.

Warhol Installation View

A second Warhol gallery installation view.

Warhol Installation View

Six Warhol polaroids.

Warhol Portraits

Warhol exhibit installation view.

Warhol Installation View