Photographs by Andy Warhol that have never before been displayed publicly are at the heart of the exhibition Contact Warhol: Photography Without End,which draws on a trove of over 130,000 photographic exposures that the Cantor Arts Center acquired from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014. The collection of 3,600 contact sheets and corresponding negatives represent the complete range of Warhol’s black-and-white photographic practice from 1976 until his unexpected death in 1987.
The exhibition brings to life Warhol’s many interactions with the social and celebrity elite of his time with portraits of stars such as Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and Dolly Parton; younger sensations in the art world such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat; and political stars, including Nancy Reagan, Maria Shriver, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Contact Warhol, curated by Stanford Professors Richard Meyer and Peggy Phelan, traces Warhol’s photography from the most fundamental level of the contact sheet to the most fully developed silkscreen paintings.
Launching concurrently with the exhibition is the culmination of a two-and-a-half year digitization project directed by Cantor project archivist Amy DiPasquale that will make the remarkable collection available to the public. The archive of contact sheets will be available through a searchable online database that will be accessed through the Stanford University Libraries, and both the negatives and contact sheets are available on the Cantor’s website.
Richard Meyer is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, where he teaches courses on twentieth-century American art, gender and sexuality studies, arts censorship, and the history of photography.
Peggy Phelan is the Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts, professor of Theater & Performance Studies and English, as well as the Denning Family Director of the Stanford Arts Institute.
The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is copublished by the Cantor and MIT Press. In addition to essays by the curators, the volume includes three other scholarly essays and 65 plates.
Please be advised that this exhibition includes some images that may not be appropriate for young viewers.
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This exhibition and accompanying catalogue are organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Office of the President, Stanford University.