Andy Warhol: Who, What, Where at ASU Art Museum

Whitney Tower, Jr. and Averil Payson Meyer, n.d. Black and white photograph, 6"x 83/4"
Whitney Tower, Jr. and Averil Payson Meyer, n.d. Black and white photograph, 6"x 83/4"
Image courtesy of ASU Art Museum

Andy Warhol

made a reputation on graphic silkscreen paintings and quirky, controversial films, but there is another, more personal side to the artist's work.

Two years ago, the ASU Art Museum received a collection of 155 photographs from the 1970s and 80s from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 


"They wanted to give the prints to educational institutions so that more students could have access and learn more about Warhol," says Jean Makin, curator and print collection manager at the museum. 

Chair, n.d. Black and white photograph, 6"x 8 ¾"
Chair, n.d. Black and white photograph, 6"x 8 ¾"
Image courtesy of ASU Art Museum


Though much of Warhol's work focuses on consumerism, household objects, and even depicting people as consumer objects, these gelatin silver prints give a better look into his daily life. 

These black-and-white photographs were a sort of visual diary for the artist, with subjects ranging from landscapes to celebrities captured at Studio 54.

"They are more spontaneous and more intimate because they catch people off guard," Makin says. "It's more of a mechanical process where he was just clicking. He did hundreds, thousands of these photographs."

Warhol: Who, What, Where will be on display at the ASU Art Museum through August 6. A public reception will be held April 7 from 7 to 8 p.m.


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