Fotografiska To Host New Exhibit of Andy Warhol’s Photography
Warhol’s work comes back home to New York City
Fotografiska New York is the new temporary home of iconic photographer Andy Warhol’s photograph series titled, “Andy Warhol: Photo Factory.” A collection of 124 photos, 20 of which have never been exhibited, pay homage to Warhol’s iconic New York City studio and offer a distinctly intimate visual diary of the artist’s life and work.
The Factory was the name of Warhol’s studio in the 60s, but it quickly became the “it” scene for people from all walks of life — actors, musicians, drag queens, models, socialites, drug addicts, adult film stars, and free-thinkers — to mingle and unleash their creative potential.
Warhol’s earliest photographic work of his famous friends will be showcased— including intimate polaroid shots of celebrities, such as Dolly Parton, Keith Haring, Jane Fonda, and Jean-Michel Basquiat just to name a few. All polaroids will have an accompanying anecdote by Warhol. His experimentation with the medium served as a catalyst for his early silkscreen paintings, commissioned portraits, and commercial work.
Previously exhibited at the NeueHouse in Hollywood, the photos come back home to New York City, which was Warhol’s sanctuary for many years. At this exhibition, viewers will get to see his famous polaroid collages for publications such as Vogue Paris and Mondo Uomo, to a series of stitched photographs, in which he would literally stitch together images in a gridded set of four, six and twelve. Rather than painting every piece by hand, he would transfer his stenciled designs, allowing him to reproduce a work multiple times and produce a numerous amount of prints in little time.
Also on display are four films that involved many of New York’s socialites and iconic outcasts, such as Lou Reed and Edie Sedgwick. “This exhibition provides a scintillating introspective, especially as I consider these lesser-known stitched photos as an extension of Warhol’s raw self, one that the public has scarcely seen,” stated James R. Hedges, IV, an avid collector of Warhol’s photographic work.
Unlike past presentations of Warhol’s photos, Andy Warhol: Photo Factory goes will showcase never-exhibited 1974 Polaroid studies from Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series, depicting trans women and drag queens he paid to pose for him. The series is best known for the handful of photos that became subjects of Warhol’s exuberant silkscreens, like a portrait of civil rights icon Marsha P. Johnson, but 500 portraits were taken in total — including of anonymous women whose portraits poignantly offer an intimate lens into their life and times.
This exhibition is curated by Grace Noh of Fotografiska New York in collaboration with Jessica Jarl of Fotografiska, Jack Shainman Gallery and James R. Hedges, IV.
Andy Warhol: Photo Factory can be seen at Fotografiska located at 281 Park Ave S, New York, NY from September 10 to January 30. Make sure to buy tickets before you go!