For the first time ever, the public will get a chance to see the exclusive collection of Polaroids snapped by the one and only Andy Warhol. The Luckman Gallery will feature Andy Warhol: Polaroids 1974-1987 January 26 through March 23. Thanks to a generous donation by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, visitors can see an assortment of the subjects that enchanted Warhol’s thinking and inspired his paintings and silkscreens.
What’s interesting about this collection is its intrinsic quality to reawaken our fascination with Warhol’s vision of the world. As the renowned touchstone of the 1960’s pop art movement, Warhol changed the way people saw popular culture and American society. Warhol’s eccentric interpretation of the most ordinary of subjects and objects still begs the question: is he idolizing or critiquing America’s mass-produced, mass-marketed culture?
The Polaroids featured in the exhibit include celebrities and unknown faces as well as common objects Warhol found influence in. Taken in the 1970‘s and 1980‘s, after the heyday of the pop art movement, the shots offer a look into the evolution of Warhol as an artist. His later work, which involved experimentation with abstraction, renewed his affair with painting and furthered his exploration of artistic techniques. This collection is but a glimpse into the mind of a man who never ceased to see things differently.