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ANDY WARHOL’S PHOTO-AESTHETIC
September 11 – November 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6–8 PM
Exploring Warhol’s use of photo silkscreen, Polaroid photographs, silver gelatin prints, and black and white print media, this exhibition will examine Warhol’s “photo-aesthetic,” a hallmark of Pop Art. “By presenting images in different media side by side, the exhibition will allow viewers to move back and forth between moments of Warhol’s art, work, and life—inseparable parts of a fascinating whole,” says Amy Winter, Godwin-Ternbach Director.
This exhibition will highlight recent gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation. The recently donated color silkscreens include portraits of the iconic American figures Muhammad Ali and Sitting Bull; “portraits” of two famous monuments, the Brooklyn Bridge and Cologne Cathedral; and Ladies and Gentlemen, an image from a series of portraits of New York City drag queens created by Warhol in 1975. These prints were made following Warhol’s usual formula: a Polaroid portrait of the sitter or image was silkscreened onto paper or canvas and then embellished with silkscreen ink in a bright array of nearly psychedelic colors. The foundation’s gift enhances the Godwin-Ternbach’s already sizable collection of Warhol art, which includes the Campbell’s Soup and Electric Chair suites of photo-silkscreen prints.
Appropriating the means and content of mass media, including celebrities, comic books, and advertising, Warhol utilized photomechanical reproduction methods, emphasizing the replica vs. the original work of art, often in a mock-serious or ironic tone.
Paired with Warhol’s work will be four large-scale digital photographs by Malaysian-born Chinese artist Chee Wang Ng, which pay homage to Warhol. In these works Ng visually employs tongue-in-cheek humor—for instance, juxtaposing Campbell’s Soup cans with bowls of rice, a classic Chinese image and metaphor. In doing this, he recontextualizes, challenges, and reevaluates Chinese culture, exploring Chinese diaspora identity, a globally underrepresented but immense population, to raise awareness about the diversity of Chinese culture and transformation of its traditions. The public at large will also see Warhol from the fresh perspective of an Asian artist and comprehend the complexity of his work and its global influence.
September 18, 6-8 pm at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum:
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Andy Warhol, Sitting Bull, 1986, screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 36 x 36 inches. Extra, out of the edition. Designated for research and educational purposes only.
YEAR OF BRAZIL 2013-2014:
Art of South America
September 2013 - August 2014
On display in the GTM Lobby Gallery are highlights of South American artwork from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition showcases work ranging from the Chavin culture of Peru from 1500 BC, to 14th century AD Incan textiles, to modern artists like Venezuelan painter and sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005).
The main feature of the display is work by Brazilian artist, Antonio Bandeira, (1922-1967), an abstract expressionist involved in the international art scene throughout the middle of the last century. Beginning his career as a figurative artist, Bandeira moved to Paris in the mid-1940s and made strides within the lyrical abstraction movement in Europe. Bandeira split his time between Brazil and Europe showing his work internationally in Paris, London, New York, Brazil, and at the Venice Biennale. The pieces on display are from the mid-1950s when Bandeira may have been living in London. The imagery brings to mind glittering city lights, gridded rhythmic streets, and the bustle and energy of any urban center.
The exhibition will be on view throughout the 2013–2014 academic year in conjunction with college’s Year of Brazil celebration.
Top: Luis Molinari-Flores (Ecuadorian, 1929–1994), Armonico A, 1970, silkscreen print, 23 x 23 inches. Bottom: Antonio Frasconi (Uruguayan, 1919–2013), A Sunday in Monterey: Woodcuts, First edition, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964, single folded sheet 5 x 127 inches.
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