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Accidental Icons: Warhol’s Photography

October 23, 2020 - January 17, 2021

From the late 1950s until his death, Andy Warhol produced thousands of photographs of his Factory life, surrounded by fellow artists, celebrities and socialites. Warhol’s Polaroids and silver gelatin prints are lesser-known compared to his monumental silkscreens, drawings and films that transformed the course of American art. From close, brightly-lit Polaroids (some of which served as drafts for his silkscreens), to lucid yet moody silver gelatin prints of the people, objects and places of his time, Warhol created a visual diary that transformed the personalities in his midst into vernacular icons.


This exhibition offers a glimpse into Warhol’s photographic oeuvre. Actresses Jane Fonda, Pia Zadora and Helen Schneider; Native American artist and activist Russell Means; socialite and trophy hunter Elsa Talayero; model Juliana Siu; basketball star Kareem Abdul Jabbar and author Truman Capote make appearances in Warhol’s photographs, bringing together threads from the New York City scene that arguably made, and was later sustained by, Warhol.


The exhibition includes works on loan from the Salisbury University Art Galleries.


Caption: Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda, 1982, Polacolor Type 2, Courtesy of Salisbury University and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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