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.
The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters
Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.
I’ll Be Your Mirror: Allen Midgette
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.
Andy Warhol: From the Polaroid and Back Again
Jessica Beck, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, considers the artist’s career-spanning use of Polaroid photography as part of his more expansive practice.
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.
Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Works of Andy Warhol
October 25–December 22, 2006
West 21st Street, New York