Paul Taylor: I saw Ileana [Sonnabend] today and asked her what I should ask you, and she said “I don’t know. For Andy everything is equal.”
Andy Warhol: She’s right.
Paul Taylor: How do you describe that point of view?
Andy Warhol: I don’t know. If she said it she’s right.
—“The Last Interview,” 1987
Gagosian is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Andy Warhol from the collection of the late Ileana Sonnabend. Individual works from the Sonnabend collection have been lent to various museum exhibitions before, but this will be the first exhibition and catalogue exclusively devoted to this outstanding body of work by Warhol.
A renowned gallerist and dedicated art collector, Sonnabend was an early and fervent supporter of Warhol and presented three important exhibitions of his work at her Paris gallery, where she showed the series Death and Disasters (1964), Flowers (1965), and Thirteen Most Wanted Men (1967). During this time she assembled a private collection of seminal works, acquired directly from Warhol's studio at the time of their making. All but three of the works in the Gagosian Gallery exhibition date from the critical years 1962 to 1965.
The exhibition spans Warhol’s career, from his earliest paintings of Campbell's soup cans to his later portraits of Mao Tse-tung. Other major series represented include Death and Disaster, Liz, Marilyn, Jackie, Thirteen Most Wanted Men, Brillo Boxes, Flowers and Hammer & Sickle: potent images confronting power, money, and mortality that have become embedded in American visual culture. The exhibition traces Warhol's transition from making hand-painted works to his full adoption of the silkscreen technique in 1962, a move that realized his seamless integration of high art and mass culture.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, Nina Sundell, and Antonio Homem. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Picasso scholar John Richardson (who delivered the eulogy at Warhol’s funeral) and Brenda Richardson, a leading Warhol scholar who was a close friend of Ileana Sonnabend. The latter essay gives an insightful portrait of the highly regarded dealer and her relationship with Warhol, illuminated by previously unpublished private letters. Included in the catalogue will be facsimile reproductions of the exhibition catalogues published by Galerie Ileana Sonnabend from 1964, 1965, and 1967.
Christopher Makos and Jessica Beck
Andy Warhol’s Insiders at the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade is a group exhibition and shop takeover that feature works by Warhol and portraits of the artist by friends and collaborators including photographers Ronnie Cutrone, Michael Halsband, Christopher Makos, and Billy Name. To celebrate the occasion, Makos met with Gagosian director Jessica Beck to speak about his friendship with Warhol and the joy of the unexpected.
Andy Warhol: Silver Screen
In this video, Jessica Beck, director at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, sits down to discuss the three early paintings by Andy Warhol from 1963 featured in the exhibition Andy Warhol: Silver Screen, at Gagosian in Paris.
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.
Extended through August 31, 2023
June 1–August 31, 2023
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