Andy Warhol: Photographs 1976 - 1987
17 January – 30 March 2014
The artist's extensive but little known series of 8 x 10” photographs.
It is well known that Warhol used photography as source material for his canvases, particularly his polaroids. But, it wasn’t until 1976, when he officially 'divorced' his tape recorder in favour of his 35mm camera, that he began taking pictures for their own sake.
Warhol's fascination began when he received his first camera at the age of nine and started developing pictures in his basement. In the 1950s, working as a commercial artist in New York, he wrote in his diaries 'I told them I didn‘t believe in art, that I believed in photography'.
At the height of his fame in 1976, Warhol purchased a small point and shoot Minox model. From then on he was rarely without a compact camera on his person, often taking more than 36 frames a day as he compulsively documented his immediate surroundings. He would choose an average of five images from each film roll to have printed at The Factory by Christopher Makos, and later Terry Miriello.
The photographs in this display, captured between 1976 and 1987, provide insight into the last decade of the artist's life, capturing people, parties, uninhabited interiors, cityscapes, signage, still life, consumer products and miscellaneous objects.
To demonstrate one of the ways Warhol dealt with the enormous body of images he produced, the exhibition includes a selection of Stitched Works, where multiple copies of identical images were sewn together and transformed into structural compositions.
Creating over 500 of these works between 1982 and 1987, the stitched photographs highlight Warhol's interest in serial and repeated imagery.