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Andy Warhol

Drawings & Related Works 1951–1986

February 13–March 22, 2003
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Andy Warhol, Suckling Pig, 1955–57 Standing screen: mixed media, transfer print, gouache, and gold leaf on wood, 3 panels, 64 ¾ × 51 ¾ inches (164.5 × 131.4 cm)© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, Suckling Pig, 1955–57

Standing screen: mixed media, transfer print, gouache, and gold leaf on wood, 3 panels, 64 ¾ × 51 ¾ inches (164.5 × 131.4 cm)
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, Cambell's Soup Can (Tomato), 1981 Graphite on HMP paper, 40 ⅜ × 30 ½ inches (102.6 × 77.5 cm)

Andy Warhol, Cambell's Soup Can (Tomato), 1981

Graphite on HMP paper, 40 ⅜ × 30 ½ inches (102.6 × 77.5 cm)

Andy Warhol, Untitled (Car (blue)), 1961 Ink and ink wash on paper, 14 ⅛ × 23 inches (35.9 × 58.4 cm)

Andy Warhol, Untitled (Car (blue)), 1961

Ink and ink wash on paper, 14 ⅛ × 23 inches (35.9 × 58.4 cm)

Andy Warhol, Elf (on Branch), c. 1957 Ink and gold leaf on paper, 23 × 16 inches (58.4 × 40.6 cm)

Andy Warhol, Elf (on Branch), c. 1957

Ink and gold leaf on paper, 23 × 16 inches (58.4 × 40.6 cm)

Andy Warhol, Happy Butterfly Day, c. 1956 Three offset lithographs with hand-coloring, 13 ⅝ × 9 ¾ inches each (34.6 × 24.8 cm)

Andy Warhol, Happy Butterfly Day, c. 1956

Three offset lithographs with hand-coloring, 13 ⅝ × 9 ¾ inches each (34.6 × 24.8 cm)

Andy Warhol, Ten One Dollar Bills, 1962 Ink stencil on paper, 34 × 24 inches (86.4 × 61 cm)

Andy Warhol, Ten One Dollar Bills, 1962

Ink stencil on paper, 34 × 24 inches (86.4 × 61 cm)

Andy Warhol, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 1956 Blue ballpoint pen on manila paper, 17 × 14 inches (43.2 × 35.6 cm)

Andy Warhol, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 1956

Blue ballpoint pen on manila paper, 17 × 14 inches (43.2 × 35.6 cm)

Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, 1975 Screenprint on acetate and coloured graphic art paper, collage on board, 17 × 14 inches (43.2 × 35.6 cm)

Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, 1975

Screenprint on acetate and coloured graphic art paper, collage on board, 17 × 14 inches (43.2 × 35.6 cm)

Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975 Screenprint on acetate and coloured graphic art paper, collage on sketchbook paper, 24 × 18 inches (61 × 45.7 cm)

Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975

Screenprint on acetate and coloured graphic art paper, collage on sketchbook paper, 24 × 18 inches (61 × 45.7 cm)

About

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings and related works by Andy Warhol. Beginning with the early drawings that were a catalyst for his signature style, this exhibition explores the great breadth of his oeuvre on paper between 1951 and 1986.

While Warhol is perhaps best known for his screenprints and paintings from the late 1960s, he was a prolific draftsman throughout his life. The exhibition includes drawings that span the length of his career, from successful commercial artist to cultural pop icon. Like his paintings, these works on paper bear witness to Warhol's trademark style, ranging from whimsical to somber, appropriating his iconic visual vocabulary from the world around him.

The early drawings, many of which have never been seen before in public, reveal Warhol's burgeoning interest in fashion illustration, flowers, ready-made products, and the political and social issues of the period. The works, which move between the worlds of commercial advertising and the New York art scene, include intimate portrait studies, shoe designs, and automobiles. Later drawings depict Warhol's obsession with death and celebrity, including early disaster works, multiples, and portrayals of rock stars such as Mick Jagger.

The exhibition also includes related works that demonstrate Warhol's remarkable creativity and interest in a variety of media. Highlights include sketchbook drawings from his travels to Asia in 1956 (never before exhibited in public), a sculptural shoe model and decorative screens adorned with flowers and butterflies.

A fully illustrated catalogue, including an essay by Judith Goldman, art historian, will accompany the exhibition.