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Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life And Legends

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Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends

October 4, 2008 – February 15, 2009

Mint Museum of Art : Jones, Dwelle, Belk Galleries






The iconic works of Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, will be on view October 4, 2008 – February 15, 2009. This landmark exhibition Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends presents rarely seen selections from Bank of America’s prized Warhol collection, sponsored by Bank of America Corporation.


Andy Warhol, born Andy Warhola (1928-1987), became the central figure in the Pop Art Movement that emerged in the United States in the 1950s and increased in popularity during the 1960s. Pop Art became one of the major art movements of the 20th century with its themes and techniques drawn from popular culture.


Warhol, as an artist and an avant-garde filmmaker, became a renowned celebrity whose life was often one of controversy. Today, Warhol’s acclaim as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century is legendary. His art has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and is highly collectible.


The exhibition will feature approximately 60 selections from various Warhol portfolios in the Bank of America Collection. Among the portfolios considered are the Endangered Species Portfolio, the Flowers Portfolio, the Myths Portfolio, the Muhammad Ali Portfolio, and the Space Fruits Portfolio. Each portfolio consists of up to ten color screenprints. Using mass production techniques to create works, Warhol erased traditional distinctions between fine art and popular culture. From household objects to Hollywood starlets, Warhol’s subjects captured the essence of American culture.


Note - There are numerous resources available about Warhol, the goal of this wiki page is to focus on Warhol's prints and the techniques he used to make them. Other sources point to valuable, authoritative books and links.


Special Links

  • A Personal Walking Tour (link is no longer available) of Andy Warhol's Life & Legends from Bob & Sheri at 107.9 the LINK in Charlotte. Click here (mp3 file) to play or download the walking tour to your ipod! (To download the audio to put on your iPod, right click on the link and click "Save Link As". Then using iTunes, add the audio to your iPod).
  • Andy Warhol exhibition page on the Mint Museum website
  • Warhol at the Mint - a Mint Museum site about the exhibition
  • Richard Maschal from the Charlotte Observer previews the exhibitionWarhol, The Man behind the Legend, also from the Observer
  • short review of the Factory Party at the Mint
  • "It's great to be an Andy Warhol fan in Charlotte"- an article from the Observer which notes a gift "of more than 150 Warhol photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York" received by Davidson College. A slideshow (link is no longer available) is included. More here from the college's website.
  • Listen to Sheri Geldin from the Wexner talk about everyone's "15 minutes of fame" in this Talk of the Nation broadcast from NPR. The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH is currently exhibiting Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms.
  • "Warhol Live - Music and Dance in Andy Warhol's Work" is currently at the The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


Warhol Prints - Resources

  • Silkscreen printing interactive from the Warhol musuem site, including "creating your own silkscreen"
  • Afterimage: screenprints of Andy Warhol - An excellent article from the National Gallery of Australia by the curator of the "Afterimage" exhibition.
  • An interactive Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe shows how color affects the prints.
  • The Jewish Museum in New York has an exhibition through August which looks at the process Warhol used to create Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century 
  • MOMA tutorial on the screen print process - click on Enter and then choose screen print. Flash plug-in required.
  • A brief excerpt from Deborah Wye's Artists and Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004, pp. 162–163 discusses Warhol's relationship with print making (from moma.org)
  • This article from the Warhol Museum describes Warhol's blotted line drawing and photo silkscreen processes.
  • "USC Art Historian Richard Meyer Revisits Andy Warhol's Controversial Exhibition", an Art Daily.org link about Warhol's “Jewish Geniuses" prints. The article references an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Also, an announcement of Life and Legends from the Art Daily site with a wonderful image of a Warhol "Flower" print


Educational Resources


General Resources

  • Interview Magazine - Warhol's magazine is still being published and the June/July 2008 issue celebrates what would have been his 80th birthday (August 6th)
  • WNET in New York celebrates (link no longer available) with an interview video from 1966.
  • Warholstars :Andy Warhol Film, Art, and Superstars - An extensive Warhol site which focuses on his films and the personalities that surrounded the artist. The site presents the information in a timeline and is divided into subject areas. The News Archive area provides current updates about Warhol events.
  • Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts - Established in 1987, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts.
  • Gagosian Gallery - Numerous images of Warhol's art from this gallery which has locations in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Rome.
  • An interesting article by artist Louis St. Lewis about his meeting with Warhol in the 1980's and the NY-NC art connection.


Media Resources


About Andy Warhol


Warhol Fun

  • Warhol Scavenger Hunt! Warhol Scavenger Hunt.pdf Print out this file before you come to the Mint for the exhibition. Great for kids!
  • A Million Thank You's for Andy Warhol
  • Warholizer - turn digital photos into pop art , Also, a version from the National Galleries of Scotland (link is no longer available) (with a collection of images)
  • Warhol Billboard Campaign -"Fifty billboard locations around London had a different Warhol artwork forming a street exhibition and announcement of the documentary. A city exhibition guide was inserted in newspapers and as a double page advert in Time Out magazine"
  • Andy Warhol's Favorite New York Nightlife Spots - an article from the Orlando Sentinel (with google map) that highlights Andy's hangouts
  • Warhol-O-Rama, a book of poems by Peter Oresick will be published by Carnegie Mellon University Press on Andy Warhol's birthday, August 6, 2008. A link to one of the poems from the book.


Print Resources in the Mint Museum Library

  • A list of Andy Warhol print resources from MARCO - (The Mint Art Research Catalog Online)
  • Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 20-year Report, 1987-2007. New York, N.Y.: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts , c2007. N6537.W28 A1 2007
  • Coke, Van Deren, 1921-. The Painter and the Photograph: from Delacroix to Warhol. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1972. N72.P5 C6 1972
  • Hall, Donald, 1928-. Anecdotes of Modern Art : from Rousseau to Warhol. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. N6447 .H34 1990
  • Hapgood, Marilyn Oliver. Wallpaper and the artist : from Dürer to Warhol. New York : Abbeville Press, c1992. NK3400 .H37 1992
  • Hodges, Jim, 1957-. I Remember Heaven : Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol. St. Louis, Mo.: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, c2007. N6537.H564 A4 2007
  • Katz, Jonathan (Jonathan D.). Andy Warhol. New York, N.Y.: Rizzoli International Publications, 1993. N6537.W28 A4 1993 OVER
  • Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Walt Disney. Munich, Germany: Prestel, c1992. N6512 .K365 1992
  • Kornbluth, Jesse. Pre-pop Warhol. New York: Panache Press at Random House, c1988. N6537.W28 K67 1988
  • Multiples : May 31-June 29, 1990. New York : Hirschl & Adler Modern, c1990. N6494.M8 M85 1990
  • Ratcliff, Carter. Andy Warhol. New York : Abbeville Press, c1983. N6537.W28 R37 1983
  • Reframing Andy Warhol : Constructing American Myths, Heroes, and Cultural Icons. College Park, MD: Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 1998. N6537.W28 A4 1998
  • University of Michigan. Museum of Art. From Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol : Portraits and Self-Portraits from the University of Michigan Museum of Art. [Ann Arbor]: The Museum, 1994. N7623.A568 U5 1994
  • Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987. Andy Warhol : Death and Disasters. Houston, Tex. : Menil Collection, c1988. N6537.W28 A4 1988
  • Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987. Andy Warhol prints : a Catalogue Raisonne : 1962-1987. [New York] : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers in association with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 2003. NE539.W35 A4 2003
  • Warhol, Beuys,Polke. Milwaukee, Wis. (750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 53202): Milwaukee Art Museum, c1987. N582 .M5 1987




Special Lecture, MMA

Sunday, October 5, 3:00 pm

Free to Mint members, or after admission

Dr. Tom Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, will discuss the life and art of this iconic figure in the history of American art. Supported in part by the generous contribution of Barbara & Ed Crutchfield.


Family Fun Saturdays: Sensational Soup Cans

Saturday, October 11, drop in between 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mint Museum of Art

Kids free, when accompanied by a paying adult!

Mint Members free!

Every month your family is invited to come by the Museum's

classroom art studios and enjoy art-making together!


This Saturday, view the exhibition Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends, then make your own series of soup can pictures in Warhol's style. Projects are geared for all ages.



Lecture, MMA

Friday, October 17, 10:30 am program, 10:00 coffee

Free to Mint members, or after admission

The Friends of the Mint will host Mike Watson, artist, instructor and gallery curator for The Art Institute of Charlotte,  who will discuss Pop Art and Andy Warhol’s influence on design.


Night at the Museum: When Theater & Visual Arts Collide

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, November 5, 6 & 7, 7:00 pm at the Mint

Museum of Art


On Q Productions returns to present the original play The Waiting Place by Stacey Rose. As Andy Warhol drew from popular culture for his subjects, this

play shows the encounter of people from all walks of life while they wait at a bus stop. They share perspectives on their daily lives, the effect of war on families, giving unconditional love, and living out their passions.


Curator’s Tours, MMA

Mint Museum curators share their insights on special exhibitions during these informal gallery talks. Space is limited; registration required: 704/337-2098 or programs@mintmuseum.org.

Select Thursdays, 2:00-2:45 pm

Free to Mint members, or after admission

November 6 & December 4 – Charles Mo, Director of Fine Art


Target Family Fun Saturday: Make a Print at the Mint, MMA

Saturday, November 8, 10:30-2:30 pm

KIDS FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. FREE for museum members!

Each month, families are invited to drop by our classroom art studios and enjoy art-making together. Prepare to get messy!


Charlotte Symphony: Sight and Sound, Halton Theater, CPCC

Friday & Saturday, November 14 & 15, 8:00 pm

Single tickets sales begin August 11: $20, $10 for patrons under 25 & students. Call 704/972-2000 or www.charlottesymphony.org.

Composer Philip Glass is critically compared with Andy Warhol: both operated within the more avant-garde “high art” sphere, but both incorporated popular media forms into their work. In this concert, Resident Conductor Alan Yamamoto and the Symphony present a fascinating multi-media production. Sight and sound come together as iconic images by Warhol are married to Philip Glass’ minimalist masterpiece “String Symphony No. 3.” Also on the program, Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane” and Leonard Bernstein’s sweeping score to the Marlon Brando movie On the Waterfront, with montages from this 1954 classic.

For details call 704/972-2000 or www.charlottesymphony.org.


Other Charlotte Symphony Concerts

Friday & Saturday, November 21 & 22, 8:00 pm: Gershwin, Mozart & Adams

Friday & Saturday, November 28 & 29, 8:00 pm: George Goes Gershwin at the Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Andy Warhol was not the first American artist pushing the boundaries of ”high art” and “low art.” Decades before Warhol, composer George Gershwin bridged classical traditions and popular culture. Two concerts feature his music.

For details call 704/972-2000 or www.charlottesymphony.org.


Panel Discussion: Pop Art/Pop Culture Post-Warhol, MMA

Sunday, November 16, 3:00 pm

Free to Mint members, or after museum admission

Andy Warhol’s radical multi-media experimentation in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s sparked debate about what could be called art. His bridging “high art” and “low art” freed other artists and art forms, and ultimately changed contemporary American life. Experts and practitioners in the areas of fashion, film, and music will reflect on the changes in their media and popular culture today since Warhol. Panelists include: Mike Watson, fashion instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte, Sam Shapiro, Manager of Music and Movies of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Dr. Ronald Keith Parks, composer and professor of music at Winthrop University, and Alan Yamamoto, Resident Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony.


Andy Warhol on Film, Main Library

Three Mondays, 7:00 pm


January 12 (Part I) & 19 (Part II): Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

Ric Burns’ epic documentary from 2006 will change what you think you know about the famed Pop artist. Featuring interviews with an array of confidants from art dealers to artists, Burns’ film portrays an extremely insecure man who lived with his mother through much of the Factory years, yet sought fame akin to the Hollywood starlets whose photos he tore out of Depression-era movie magazines. Warhol redefined how we think of art and culture, and this film may redefine what you think of the man.


January 25: A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams & the Warhol Factory

This is director Esther Robinson’s riveting personal inquiry into the mysterious 1966 disappearance of Danny Williams, a promising young filmmaker, Warhol’s lover, and Robinson’s uncle. Winner of the prestigious “Teddy Award” at the Berlin Film Festival and “Best NY Documentary” at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Lecture, MMA

Friday, January 16, 10:30 am, coffee at 10:00 am at the Mint Museum of Art

Friends of the Mint Lecture

Free with admission.

The Friends of the Mint welcome Gregory Pierce, Film & Video Technician at the Andy Warhol Museum, who will present “Andy Warhol Factory Diaries.”


Evenings with Educators: Andy Warhol

October 14, 20, 21, 28 & 30, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Mint Museum of Art

Call 704-337-2033 for more information.

 A series of five teacher in-service workshops will explore Warhol’s work within the context of popular culture, and critical and creative writing. Targeting language arts, social studies and visual arts teachers from Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, teachers will develop ways of using Warhol’s work in the classroom. Go to www.mintmuseum.org or contact the School Programs Coordinator at 704/337-2033.









Created by Joe Eshleman, Library Assistant for The Mint Museum


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