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Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum

September 24, 2005 - February 20, 2006


(above: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 20 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 3/4 inches (51.1 x 41 x 1.9 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts 2002.4.20)


As one of the most influential and iconic artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol challenged many basic cultural assumptions, including traditional distinctions between popular culture and fine art, prints and paintings, and art and social reportage. Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum features more than 150 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, works on paper and films from the renowned permanent collection of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The exhibition, a collaboration between the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, offers Washington audiences a rare opportunity to view some of The Andy Warhol Museum's most treasured works of art. Through the generous support of The PNC Financial Services Group, a leader of corporate philanthropy for the arts, the Corcoran will be the exclusive venue for this major presentation, on view from September 24, 2005 through February 20, 2006. (right: Andy Warhol, Jackie (Head-Shot Portrait), 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 1/8 x 1 inches (101.6 x 101.9 x 2.5 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.54)

"Most of us are very familiar with Warhol's famous images of Campbell's soup cans, Marilyn Monroe and the like -- many of which are part of this exhibition. But Warhol Legacy offers Corcoran visitors a chance to discover aspects of Warhol's career with which they may not be familiar," said Stacey Schmidt, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran. "In coordination with The Andy Warhol Museum, we've selected pieces that reflect Warhol's background as a talented commercial artist, examples of his achievements as a great draftsman and others that document his obsession with celebrities, wealth and death."

Exhibition highlights include many famous works including a large number of drawings that span Warhol's career from the early 1950s to the mid 1980s. His celebrated screenprints of Campbell's soup cans will be on view along with celebrity portraits of Liz Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. An entire gallery will feature Mao Zedong portraits, Mao wallpaper and Warhol's personal memorabilia of this famous political leader.

The exhibition explores a number of the subjects and themes that inspired and consumed Warhol throughout his life. Warhol Legacy is organized thematically to reflect the range of the artist's production over the span of his career, mining the strengths of The Andy Warhol Museum's diverse collection. Prominent themes include: Celebrity and Self-portraits; Abstractions; Death and Disaster; Guns, Knives, Dollar Signs and Crosses; Mao; and Early Hand-Painted Advertisements. A selection of Warhol's screen test films will also be shown in the galleries. (left: Andy Warhol, Female Fashion Figure, 1950s, ink and Dr. Martin's Aniline dye on Strathmore paper, 28 9/16 x 22 9/16 inches (72.5 x 57.3 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.1193)

"Andy Warhol has been a household name for more than 40 years. However, even though scores of exhibitions and publications have been produced in these four decades, the Corcoran's exhibition will help deepen knowledge of this world-famous artist by incorporating The Warhol's unique archival collection, proving that there is still more to be learned about the 'Boy from Pittsburgh who made good,'" said Tom Sokolowski, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum.

"Historically, the Corcoran family worked closely with Riggs Bank, now PNC Financial Services, to support both the banking and arts community of our nation's capital. PNC's sponsorship of Warhol Legacy is a wonderful continuation of this tradition," said Michael Harreld, President, PNC Bank -- Greater Washington Area.

Curators for the exhibition include Stacey Schmidt, Corcoran Gallery of Art Associate Curator of Contemporary Art; and John Smith, The Andy Warhol Museum Assistant Director for Collections and Research


About Stacey Schmidt, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art

As the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Stacey Schmidt oversees the museum's collection of work from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 1980s and 90s. Ms. Schmidt has a particular focus in feminist art history; she is also dedicated to promoting the work of lesser-known, under-recognized artists.

Ms. Schmidt's recent exhibitions include American Paradigms: David Opdyke and Lane Twitchell ;Fashioning Art: Handbags by Judith Leiber; and William Newman: Peripheral Vision . She is currently working The 48th Corcoran Biennial: Closer to Home. In addition to curating exhibitions at the Corcoran and other venues around the country, she is the art editor of At Length, a quarterly literary magazine.

Ms. Schmidt received her M.A. in Art History from New York University and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (right: Andy Warhol, Monkey, 1950s, gold leaf, ink, and stamped gold collage on colored graphic-art paper, 22 x 16 inches (55.9 x 40.6 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.2064)


Exhibition programming

In addition to the themed café menu and Warhol-inspired merchandise available in the Corcoran shop, below is a sampling of programs and events scheduled in conjunction with the Warhol Legacy exhibition.


Saturday, October 1, 2005
FRIENDS of the Corcoran: ArtCentric 2005
8:00 p.m.
Celebrate art, artists and would-be artists at the FRIENDS Factory Party: ArtCentric 2005. Bid on art from Washington's most contemporary artists ­ the students, faculty and alumni of the Corcoran College of Art + Design ­ or take a walk on the wild side and bid on extraordinary art-related experiences you couldn't find anywhere else! Special tours of Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum, artistic arrays of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and dancing to tunes reminiscent of the Velvet Underground will also be featured.
Whether you are a FRIEND or a "friend of a FRIEND," we invite you to enjoy an array of sensational food, cocktails and a band with a reputation to transport you back in time to the swinging sixties. Proceeds benefit future FRIENDS programs and Museum and College projects.
Friday, October 7, 2005
Fall Fête: Studio 1869
7:30 p.m.
Andy Warhol once said, "One's company, two's a crowd, three's a party." On Friday, October 7, the Corcoran invites all to party like a Warhol superstar inside the famed Atriums at the 1869 Society's Fall Fête. Everyone who's anyone will be there including Andy himself! Tour Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum or take to the dance floor like it's Studio 54. Tickets are available online at www.corcoran.org/1869 .
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Remembering Andy: A Work in Progress
7:00 p.m.
Vincent Fremont began working for Andy Warhol shortly after arriving in New York, summer 1969. In the 1970s and '80s, Fremont produced and developed video, television and film projects -- including Andy Warhol's TV and Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes. He was one of the Founding Directors of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and closely involved in establishing The Andy Warhol Museum. In his lecture, Mr. Fremont provides insight about Warhol and shows videos he shot of Andy in the '70s.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Hot Date DC: Andy Warhol's Coloring Party
6:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m.
Free for Corcoran members; Public: Fee.
During the 1950s, Warhol produced exquisite illustrated books printed in limited editions and hand-colored at lively "coloring parties." The Corcoran puts a quirky twist on this clever idea with a party project that's so easy, it's elementary. Use shrinkie-dinks to create funky and fabulous jewelry, luggage tags, magnets and more. Participants will also enjoy delectable desserts, drink specials and a curator led tour of the exhibition Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum.

Editor's note: readers may also enjoy approximately 200 other Resource Library articles and essays citing Andy Warhol, including:

an essay on the artist by Lynne Cooke provided by the Dia Art Foundation

plus various articles on the Pop Art movement

and videos including:

Andy Warhol is a 77 minute 1987 video which was the first major profile of the American Pop-Art cult leader since his death in 1987. It covers Warhol's life and work through interviews, film clips and conversations with members of his family and his "superstar" friends. Featured are conversations with a dozen of his closest associates -- including Ondlne, Viva, John Giorno, Brlgid Berlin and others -- discussing his family, colleagues, the art world, and his impact on society.The video was produced by RM Arts; London Weekend Television




Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture was released in 2003 and is a 105 minute documentary on 2 tapes from Bfs Entertainment. Directed by Chris Rodley. Warhol was just as famous for being "Andy Warhol" as he was for his artwork. He was a celebrity's celebrity, yet he was also a shy, prolific artist who worked in everything from painting to film to music. This documentary provides a definitive look at Warhol's life and his creative process. Features rare audiotapes and films from the Warhol Foundation Archives in addition to interviews with Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper and more. "Exhilaratingly thorough, a Complete Oxford English Dictionary of Warhol" (The Times). DVD :includes a Warhol chronology, filmography and more.



Superstar - The Life & Times of Andy Warhol is an 87 minute 1991 documentary directed by Chuck Workman from Marylin Lewis Entertainment, released through Winstar Home Entertainment. A documentary about the painter Andy Warhol which traces his life from Pittsburgh schoolboy to pop art legend. The film includes a behind the scenes look at "Factory" life and several enigmatic interviews given by Warhol over the years, as well as an array of images from Warhol's art and films.




Warhol is a 79 minute video which offers a profile of Andy Warhol's life and work examines a career that spanned painting, film, publishing, rock music, and television.






Biography: Andy Warhol. This video covers Pop artist Andy Warhol's life and work, from his paintings based on comic strips and photos of public personalities to his painted replicas of Campbell's Soup cans. 50 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)


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