Andy Warhol's Photographs
Friday, January 31 – Sunday, June 29, 2014
Works on Paper Gallery
More than 150 Polaroid and black-and-white photographs by Andy Warhol, the icon of American Pop, provide a rich sampling of the tens of thousands of photographs Warhol took between 1970 and 1987. The exhibition also celebrates a gift to the RISD Museum through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation.
The Polaroids primarily served as the basis for Warhol’s commissioned portraits, silkscreen paintings, drawings, and prints. In studio-based portraits of subjects such as Joan Collins, Keith Haring, Maria Shriver, and Pia Zadora, we see Warhol’s attraction to their beauty, a fascination with their power, or an interest in their personalities. The black-and-white images provide a glimpse of the artist’s obsessive recording of his life outside the studio, including his nightlife, travel, and activities on the street.
This exhibition is made possible by a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.
“You might say he’s having his 15 minutes of fame — again.”
— Providence Journal
“Although he’s best known for his iconic paintings of soup cans and celebrities, Pop artist Andy Warhol was also an avid photographer and filmmaker. Over the next few months, the RISD Museum will explore this side of Warhol’s art in two related exhibits, both of which focus on the artist’s work behind the camera.”
— Providence Journal Q&A with RISD Museum director John W. Smith
Related exhibition: Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, on view through May 11, 2014.