Rediscovering Andy Warhol
Longview Museum of Fine Arts kicked off its 60-year anniversary with “Rediscovering Andy Warhol,” an exhibition featuring more than 40 of the pop art icon’s works with extensive educational information included about Warhol’s life and works. The exhibit will be on display January 13 – March 24.
The exhibition, organized by LMFA and curated by Executive Director Tiffany Nolan Jehorek, includes a series of Warhol's signature silk screenprints drawn from a private collection in East Texas that has requested anonymity. This collection is paired with Warhol’s celebrity Polaroids and photographs from the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College in Shreveport and three works from LMFA’s education collection.
Jehorek said the works span several decades of Warhol’s career starting with one of the now iconic prints of Marilyn Monroe from the 1960s to his "Cowboys and Indians" series, which he completed shortly before his death. The most important piece in the show, however, is the original graphite drawing of Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull. The Warhol Foundation credits this beautiful free-handed piece as Warhol’s inspiration for the “Cowboys and Indians” suite, which includes pop art depictions of Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, John Wayne, General Custer and Geronimo. In addition to the iconic western series, another one-of-a-kind, rarely seen piece includes an original acrylic painting of a fish Warhol painted in a block format to be hung at child’s eye level. Also included is one of Warhol’s famous “Birth of Venus” prints of Botticelli’s goddess of Venus, “Moon Walk,” the complete “KIKU” portfolio, and five screen prints from his popular 1985 ads portfolio. This portfolio includes “Paramount Studios,” “Chanel,” “Mobil Gas,” “Lifesavers” and “Van Heusen Shirts” featuring actor and former President Ronald Reagan.
Rounding out the exhibition is also a selection of Polaroids and silver gelatin prints, offering insight into his relationships with his celebrity friends – Dolly Parton, Jack Nicklaus, Pia Zadora and others.
Special events scheduled for the Warhol exhibition include a lecture on Art and Appropriation Sunday, February 4 at 2pm by Mark Thistlethwaite, Texas Christian University’s Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History. Thistlethwaite wrote the forward for the Fort Worth Modern Museum’s book on their Warhol collection. The museum’s Family Day will celebrate the conclusion on March 24 with activities for children and guided tours for adults.
Museum Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Longview Museum of Fine Arts is located at 215 East Tyler Street in downtown Longview. For more information go to www.lmfa.org