Reception: Tuesday, 5 February, 6 - 8 pm
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition in London of an important group of late Warhol paintings, which have not been previously seen in full. Additional paintings and drawings from this series will be shown at the New York gallery in March.
In the mid-1980s Andy Warhol made a series of large (72x80") and small (16x20") silkscreened black and white paintings of images taken from advertisements, diagrams, maps, and illustrations in newspapers and magazines. With images of Russian missile bases, maps of Iran and Afghanistan, and common consumer items such as sneakers, hamburgers and motorbikes, they have a continuing uncanny resonance some 15 years after their creation. Warhol's constant themes of consumer culture, death and religion are powerfully represented in these late works. The paintings are contemporary with the collaborations Warhol made at this period with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente, which revitalised his interest in painting, and which are directly related to the early Pop paintings which established Warhol's reputation in the early 1960s.
Andy Warhol (1928-87) was born in Pittsburgh, and moved to New York in 1949, where he became a well-known fashion illustrator. In the 1960s his paintings, films and other activities established Warhol's Factory as the famous epicentre of radical creativity in New York. Since his death in 1987, the continuity and importance of his work overall has become more widely recognised, and The Andy Warhol Museum opened in 1994.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with text and a 1985 interview with the artist by Benjamin Buchloh. The Gagosian gallery exhibitions coincide with the major retrospective of Warhol's work at Tate Modern, previously seen in the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin and travelling to MOCA, Los Angeles.
[Gagosian Gallery represent the Andy Warhol Estate and Foundation worldwide]
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Raymond Foye speaks with the actor who impersonated Andy Warhol during the great Warhol lecture hoax in the late 1960s. The two also discuss Midgette’s earlier film career in Italy and the difficulty of performing in a Warhol film.
On Collecting with Norman Diekman
Rare-book expert Douglas Flamm speaks with designer Norman Diekman about his unique collection of books on art and architecture. Diekman describes his first plunge into book collecting, the history behind it, and the way his passion for collecting grew.
Gwen Allen recounts her discovery of cutting-edge artists’ magazines from the 1960s and 1970s and explores the roots and implications of these singular publications.
Cast of Characters
James Lawrence explores how contemporary artists have grappled with the subject of the library.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2019
The Winter 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a selection from Christopher Wool’s Westtexaspsychosculpture series on its cover.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Works of Andy Warhol
October 25–December 22, 2006
West 21st Street, New York