March 3 - June 17, 2012
More than 60 pop prints and four paintings are the focus of an exciting exhibition in The Museum's temporary galleries. Iconic works by one of the leading figures in twentieth-century art include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Mao Tse-Tung, Mick Jagger, Ronald Reagan, and Judy Garland, along with the artist's famous Soup Cans and Camouflage prints. The exhibition provides an outstanding overview of Warhol's career as a printmaker. The photographic silk screens date from the early 1960s to the late 1980s and come to The Museum from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the prints and paintings, this special "expanded" exhibition will feature two more engaging aspects of Warhol's career — in one gallery, an installation of "Silver Clouds" recreates a 1966 exhibition that the artist mounted at the Castelli Gallery in New York City consisting of large, free-floating Mylar® pillow-shaped balloons, and in another, a continuous screening of a dozen of Warhol's famous "Screen Tests." Some of these highlight well-known figures such as Dennis Hopper, Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Allen Ginsberg, Salvador Dali, and Marcel Duchamp.
Warhol rose to prominence in the late fifties and early sixties as part of the Pop Art movement which drew its subjects — comics, advertisements, headlines, Hollywood stars, and politicians — from popular culture. Warhol had worked as a commercial artist in New York for more than a decade before his paintings of Soup Cans brought him to national prominence in the art world in 1962. From that time until his death in 1987, the artist continually selected subjects that wielded a powerful impact on his audience.
The exhibition was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is underwritten by the Marlin and Ginger Miller Exhibition Endowment and supported in part by Clermont Wealth Strategies at Fulton Bank. The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Members Only Opening Reception
Friday, March 2 – 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
$15 Members Only - Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Enjoy a Curator's Top Five Talk in the galleries. Registration is preferred. Look for your registration flier in the mail, or please click here for flier PDF download.
Friday, February 24 - 6 p.m. - Lecture
Andy and the Old Masters with Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art & Civilization
POSTPONED - Saturday, March 3 - 2 p.m. - Lecture
Andy Warhol with speaker TBA, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, March 4 - Noon - 3 p.m. - Sunday Family Fun-days
Tuesday, April 3 - Noon - Noontime Knowledge
Always Leave Them Wanting Less with Selby Doughty
To watch a Comcast Newsmakers segment on this exhibition, click here. (YouTube)
To watch a WFMZ-TV "One Tank Trip" segment on this exhibition, click here. (to WFMZ site)
This exhibition is supported in part by Clermont Wealth Strategies at Fulton Bank
Note: A $2.00 Special Exhibition Surcharge applies to each Adult Admission Fee during the run of The Prints of Andy Warhol.
Images – Top: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, ca.1967, screenprint on ivory paper; Bottom: Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970, screenprint on white paper. Images © 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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