Liz, Jackie, Marilyn, and Mao. Think you’ve seen and know all there is about Andy Warhol? An upcoming exhibit at NeueHouse in Hollywood is certain to change all that. Curated and produced with the international photography museum Fotografiska, Hedges Projects, and Jack Shainman Gallery, "Andy Warhol: Photo Factory" presents more than 120 photographs, 20 of which have never been seen, as up-close look at the amazingly prolific artist’s life and work. Notes Fotografiska’s exhibitions manager Grace Noh: “The exhibition was created to underscore who Warhol was as a person, an artist, and an experimenter through his photography and to delve into the stories and subjects behind the surface of his iconic images, beyond those instant moments.”
Warhol’s film photography falls into six categories, and all are represented. Best known, perhaps, are the images where he elevated Polaroids to an art form thanks to celebrities, artists, and Factory friends. Rarer are gelatin silver prints depicting such subject matter as hotel lobbies, room service trays, and the small-scale objects tied to his environments. Polaroid collages, meanwhile, were created for publications, Vogue Paris and Mondo Uomo among them. Also part of his oeuvre are the 16 mm film screen tests from the 1960s and the photo booth strips snapped in Times Square during the same period. Most recent is the series of stitched photographs, where he sewed together prints in grid format, preceding his 1987 death.
On view, too, will be four short black-and-white films. Intimate moving portraits, they portray members of Warhol’s orbit and scene stealers of the time, Lou Reed and the tragic, short-lived Edie Sedgwick among them. All told, the show presents a slice of time, culture, and particularly New York of a foregone era in the largest West Coast exhibit of Warhol photography. It opens to the public on June 16 for a limited 40-day run. Afterwards, it travels to Fotografiska in New York (this fall), Stockholm (2022), and Tallinn, Estonia (2023).