Muhammad Ali, 1978
Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1978, from a portfolio of four screenprints on Strathmore Bristol paper,
Edition: 45/150,101.6 x 76.2cm, Bank of America Collection, Image © The Andy Warhol Foundation for
the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2011
Dulwich Picture Gallery has
announced its summer exhibition Andy Warhol: The Portfolios, from the Bank
of America Collection. The exhibition will focus on the period 1962-1984 during
which Warhol focused almost exclusively on the silk-screen printing method.
This is the first time the exhibition of 80 works from13 portfolios has visited
Europe. The exhibition will include some of the artist’s most iconic imagery,
including portraits of Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe, the artist’s
self-portrait, still lifes, and mythical or heroic figures such as Superman.
These iconic images are part of the
Bank of America Collection, which is one of the most diverse corporate art collections in
the world. They have been made available to the Dulwich Picture Gallery as part
of the company’s
Art in Our Communities® programme. This unique initiative enables museums and
around the world to borrow complete or customised exhibitions at no cost,
guaranteeing that the collection is shared with as wide an audience as
Portfolio series featured in the
exhibition will include Campbell’s Soup II, Flowers,
Space Fruit: Still Lifes, Endangered
Species, Myths and Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. The Myths portfolio
(1981) is perhaps the most intriguing series, based on photos taken by
Warhol and produced six years before his untimely death in 1987. Further
highlights of the exhibition will include images as diverse as the Wicked
Witch of the West, Superman, The Marx Brothers and Franz Kafka as
well as Keith Haring’s portfolio Andy Mouse (1986), created as an
homage to Warhol, and a haunting photograph of Warhol taken by Robert
Mapplethorpe in 1986.
The exhibition will run from 20th June to 16th September, and tickets can be obtained from the Dulwich Picture Gallery's website.