Pop art fanatics, prepare yourselves.
ASU Art Museum announced that it has been gifted six rare prints by famed artist Andy Warhol. The original screenprints will be on display in the lobby of the ASU Art Museum through September and will remain in the museum's permanent collection thereafter.
Since Warhol's death in 1987, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has given prints to institutions across the country. In fact, the ASU Art Museum received 155 photographs from the foundation in 2008 as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.
The gifted screenprints are a rare treat; Wahrol likely never intended to share the images with the public at all, according to ASU Art Museum print collection manager and curator Jean Makin.
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"In the development of an image toward printing a uniform edition, Warhol would experiment with both color and compositional elements, creating many variations of prints outside the final, editioned image," says Makin in a press release. "These 'outside edition' prints were often not signed. Warhol gave some away to friends or clients, but he kept most of them."
The ASU Art Museum has a collection of more than 5,000 art prints housed in the Jules Heller Print Study Room. The Warhol prints will eventually end up here, where they will continue to be accessible to students and scholars for research and viewing.
"That the Warhol Foundation recognizes the value of university and college art museums like ours is both a tremendous honor and a reflection on the Foundation's thoughtful work," says ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox in a press release. "We are overjoyed to be the recipient of these prints and to share and explore Warhol's work with our university audience and the Phoenix community."