Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce "Andy Warhol: Early Hand-Painted Works." This exhibition highlights the hand-painted works created by the artist between 1960 and 1962. These works are crucial to the understanding of the artist's later silk-screened paintings.
Warhol's work from the early sixties solidified his reputation as a Pop artist in the New York art world, eclipsing his former reputation as a magazine illustrator. The 1960s paintings represent classic examples of Warhol's earliest appropriations of popular culture, with their sources including iconic comic strips and black-and-white advertisements featured in the daily papers. Among his first serial compositions, the Campbell's Soup "portraits" begun in 1961 suggest no perceptible expression of originality. For Warhol, drama was in the everyday, and he masterfully glamorized the banality of commercial America.
The earliest works represented in the exhibition, including "Superman" and "False Plate," both completed in 1961, were painted entirely freehand. However, from 1962 onward, Warhol frequently projected images from printed media, traced them in pencil onto canvas, and then painted over his outlines. It was through this method that he eventually arrived at the silk-screening process.
A fully illustrated catalogue featuring an interview between Mark Francis and Ivan Karp 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