Andy Warhol is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Primarily known as a painter and a filmmaker, he also shot a lot of Polaroid photography, and The Saint Louis Museum of Art’s next exhibition is dedicated to these photos. The exhibition is called Warhol’s Polaroids: A Method and the opening reception will be held on Friday, April 27 from 5:30 PM – 8 PM.
SLUMA provided some background on the artist:
Relying primarily on his Polaroid “Big Shot,” pop icon Andy Warhol shot tens of thousands of images and used them in the development process of his prints and paintings. Warhol transferred his experience in commercial art by fully embracing its ethos. Even the name of his studio, “The Factory,” illustrates that he was ahead of his time in focusing his art on celebrities and making otherwise ordinary people who craved the spotlight feel famous, if only for “15 minutes.”
The Saint Louis University Museum of Art was among a select group of university art institutions that received a gift of Polaroids and black and white photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, specifically, the Photographic Legacy Project.
But wait, there’s more! In conjunction with the exhibit, SLUMA is hosting a lecture by Bradley Bailey, Ph.D. titled “Warhol in a Snapshot: A Closer Look at the Man Behind the Camera” on Thursday, May 3, from 5 PM – 6 PM. Dr. Bradley will discuss the essence of Andy Warhol, what made him a pop icon, and Warhol’s impact on the art world.
Both of these events are free of charge!
Photographs © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Warhol’s Polaroids: A Method exhibition
Fri, April 27, 5:30 – 8 PM
Warhol in a Snapshot lecture
Thurs, May 3, 5 – 6 PM