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  • Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

    Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

    Andy Warhol harnessed the power of celebrity, consumer goods, sex, death, and disaster to create his iconic Pop Art. The foundation of his revolutionary career lay in printmaking. This retrospective exhibition, encompassing over 250 works on loan from Portland-based collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, establishes Warhol’s innovative graphic production as it evolved over the course of four decades. The exhibition explores his nearly singular use of the silkscreen process, once largely a commercial format that Warhol elevated to the status of fine art.

    The series and portfolios on view highlight Warhol’s obsession with repetition and with printmaking as a mechanical means of artistic reproduction. In this convergence, Warhol famously blurred the distinctions between original and copy and employed print multiples as a medium for conceptual rebellion and experimentation.

    As a result of Warhol’s fascination with popular culture, the exhibition also chronicles American life in the second half of the twentieth century, from glamour icons Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to the violent imagery of the Birmingham civil rights protests, political posters of the 1970s, and 1980s ad campaigns. Warhol’s work also addressed his own identity as a gay man in a time when homosexuality was stigmatized and persecuted.

    In total, the works on view offer a bellwether of postwar American life and foreshadow our culture’s frenzied obsession with celebrity, fashion, sensationalism, and scandal.

    Exhibition Support
    Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
    Organized at the High Museum of Art by Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

    All works in this exhibition are by Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987).

    Support for Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and related educational and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

    This exhibition is made possible by

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    Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
    Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
    The Antinori Foundation
    Sarah and Jim Kennedy
    Jane and Hicks Lanier
    Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

    Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
    Barbara and Ron Balser
    Corporate Environments
    Peggy Foreman
    James F. Kelly Charitable Trust
    The Lubo Fund
    Margot and Danny McCaul
    Joyce and Henry Schwob

    Generous support is also provided by
    Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund
    Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund
    Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund
    Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund
    Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund
    Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund
    Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund
    Howell Exhibition Fund
    John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund

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