Hands-On Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art

A traveling exhibit of Andy Warhol’s prints, some from his Myth Series, depicting nostalgic heroes and villains from his childhood, is currently on exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art. The exhibit also includes paintings, vintage toys from his collection and archival material. The Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker exhibit was put together by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The exhibit at the Pensacola Museum features a costume station for children and a silkscreen studio where visitors can create their own prints. In tandem with the exhibit, the museum’s summer camp is also holding classes in drawing and printmaking. Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker runs through September 2nd. The museum suggests that campers wear “clothes to get messy in.”

Unseen Andy Warhol Photos To Be Made Public

Long before cell phones were introduced, Andy Warhol took a camera with him everywhere, everyday and photographed everyone and everything. Less than one-quarter of the thousands of photos he took were printed, although he shot at least one roll of film every day in the 1970s and ’80s. The Andy Warhol Foundation is releasing nearly 100,00 unseen photos, taken between 1976 and 1987, the year of his death. The photos document Warhol’s private and public life during his years as a Pop icon in New York.

Pictured are the celebrities he partied with, like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debby Harry, Truman Capote, Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Warhol’s last boyfriend, Jon Gould. Warhol also captured the surroundings in which he lived, worked and played. Stanford University has acquired 3,600 contact sheets from the Foundation, which includes over 130,00 images. Stanford is launching what it calls the Contact Warhol Project through which the images will be digitized and put on line by the end of the year.

Many of the released photos will  be exhibited at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center in September.  According to The Guardian, “Visitors to the exhibition will be warned of “sexually explicit images that may not be appropriate for young viewers”. Some of them feature Victor Hugo, a Venezuelan window dresser and one of Warhol’s close friends, having sex with different men. Little is left to the imagination. They were shot as potential source material for Warhol’s little-known series of silkscreen paintings called Sex Parts, featuring close-cropped views of the human body. Hugo, who died in 1993, is also seen sniffing cocaine.”

A book about the Contact Warhol Project will be published in the UK in November.

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Henri Neuendorf. artnetnews. Nearly 100,000 Previously Unseen Photos by Andy Warhol Will Be Made Public This Fall. July 9, 2018.