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Andy Warhol: The Photographs

Southeast Museum of Photography - Daytona Beach

By Claire Fenton

Between 1971 and 1987, Andy Warhol produced thousands of Polaroids and over 3,000 rolls of black-and-white film from which over 20,000 frames were printed, a majority of which had never been seen by the public. Upon his death in 1987, his will stated that most of his estate was to be used to create a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts. Hence, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts received his large collection of photographs.

Andy Warhol, Pat Hackett, 1982, silver gelatin print, 8” x 10.” © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Andy Warhol, Pat Hackett, 1982, silver gelatin print, 8” x 10.” © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

In 2007, the Foundation began the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, in which over 28,500 photographs were donated to university museums, galleries and art collections across the United States. In 2008, the Southeast Museum of Photography received a donation of 107 of Warhol’s original Polaroids and 53 8-by-10-inch, black-and-white prints and was one of 183 institutions to participate in this program. In the spring of 2014, an additional donation of nine photo screen prints was also acquired through this program. This exhibition showcases Warhol’s Polaroids, black-and-white prints and photo silk screens to provide a glimpse into the inner workings of this iconic figure in 20th-century American art. Through May 10, 2015.

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