Smith Gallery presents Andy Warhol: Musing through November 14
Now through November 14, 2015 the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents a special opportunity to experience the original and insightful photographs of Andy Warhol in the exhibition, Andy Warhol: Musing. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and during special events.
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), a prominent figure in the Pop Art movement, worked in a variety of mediums including painting, print making, silk screening, photography, sculpture, film and music. Warhol’s art explores the relationship among artistic expression, celebrity culture, consumer culture, politics, and advertising in the 1960s. His influence extends beyond the art world and reaches into music, film, publishing, and popular culture.
Warhol loved and desired to capture the world around him saying, “A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.” To continually preserve his world, Warhol carried a Polaroid camera with him everywhere. We all can relate to the need to document every second of our lives with our smartphones. Photographs allow us to remember significant people, places, and events through our eyes. They immortalize our past.
This exciting and fun show displays 91 of Warhol’s Polaroids and 16 of his black and white silver gelatin prints. Predominantly portraits, he manages to capture the personalities of his models through multiple poses. Warhol’s musings of each subject allow individuals to ponder the relationship between the artist and the people. His work keeps us engaged by offering glimpses into his perspective.
This exhibition is composed of pieces from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Permanent Collection. The Turchin Center received the items in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, a program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Most of the photographs on view have not been available for public view since 2008 when the Turchin Center presented their exhibition: Andy Warhol: A Photographic Legacy: Recent Gifts to the Turchin Center Permanent Collection.