AUBURN – “Polaroid Sketchbook: Photographs by Andy Warhol in the Permanent Collection” will be on display April 18-May 30 in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. The exhibition will be in the Chi Omega-Hargis Gallery.
The exhibition of photographs Warhol took as inspiration for his paintings provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at his iconic work. Warhol used his Polaroid camera as other artists might use a sketchbook, to quickly record ideas for future use. These snapshots formed the basis for many of his paintings and silkscreen prints, with subjects ranging from superstar portraits to cultural and commercial icons.
A variety of images will be on display, including portrait shots of John Denver, Chris Evert, Halston, Sean Lennon, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cheryl Tiegs and other public figures. Selected prints will be shown paired with examples of the resulting paintings, on loan from The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a key figure in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. He achieved worldwide fame as a painter, printmaker, filmmaker, record producer and celebrity figure.
In 2007, 20 years after the artist’s death, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts launched the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. Designed to give greater public access to Warhol’s photographs, the program donated over 28,500 of Warhol’s original Polaroids and gelatin silver prints to more than 180 college and university museums and galleries across the country.
Along with other institutions to benefit from the donation, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums and Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art received more than 100 original Polaroid images and 50 gelatin-silver prints by this renowned artist.
For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, go to www.jcsm.auburn.edu or call (334) 844-1484.
(Submitted by Colleen Bourdeau.)