Andy Warhol

The Saint Mary's College Museum of Art is pleased exhibit a recent gift of seven screenprints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  The Foundation was established after Warhol’s death in 1987, and in accordance with Warhol’s will, it has given away photographs, Polaroids, and screenprints with the intent “that the many facets of Warhol’s complex oeuvre are both widely accessible and properly cared for.”

In 2008, through a competitive grant process, the Hearst Art Gallery received 152 black and white photographs and Polaroid prints by Andy Warhol from the Foundation's Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, which donated more 28,500 photographs to galleries and museums at educational institutions across the United States. The gifted photographs, dated between 1976 and 1986, included images of Dolly Parton, Gianni Versace, R.C. Gorman, Antonio Lopez, Denise Hale, Yves Saint Laurent, Ron Reagan, Jr., Steve Rubell, Kenneth Jay Lane, other celebrities and fashionistas, Central Park views, bridges, catwalks, nude figures, and still lifes.  The screenprints, donated in 2013, were made in 1985 and 1986, and include Sitting Bull from the Cowboys and Indians series, the much-loved Pig with a Fiesta ware-inspired color wheel, Hans Christian Andersen, from Warhol's favorite writers series, with an accompanying illustration for an Andersen fairy tale, and still lifes.  The seven new "out of edition" screenprints reflect Warhol's process.  These are his first prints, allowing the artist to experiment with inks, paint, color, and paper, before beginning numbered editions.  Although preliminary prints are generally not numbered or signed, one of the still lifes is hand-signed and hand-colored by Warhol.