Special to the Register
Works of one of America’s most iconic 20th century artists are on exhibit in the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University.
“The Photography of Andy Warhol: Selections from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Project,” on loan from the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, features Polaroid and black-and-white portraits of celebrities and other notables.
The exhibit continues through Tuesday, Nov. 20. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. For Gallery hours, call 622-8135.
The Polaroid portrait photographs served as reference material for Warhol as he manufactured colorful silk-screen portraits for commissions. Other photographs documented Warhol’s daily life: things he saw, people he met, food he ate, and things he did.
“The significance of this collection of that it gives the viewer a glimpse into the mind and into the creative process of Andy Warhol,” said Gallery Director Esther Randall.
Warhol (1929-87) is perhaps best known for his “pop” paintings of everyday consumer goods, such as the Campbell’s soup can, and his screen-printing portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe. His works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native Pittsburgh is the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to a single artist.
Though often skewered by critics for his open embrace of market culture and for becoming what some termed merely a “business artist,” Warhol became the touchstone of the pop art movement of the 1960s and a worldwide celebrity. He became the focus of numerous exhibitions, books, feature films and documentaries. It was Warhol who coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame.”
The Giles Gallery is located in EKU’s Campbell Building on Crabbe Street.