In the program of his 1968 show at the Moderna Museet, Andy Warhol scribbled out a quote that would become his most indelible dictum: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
Now, the George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is showcasing images that capture subjects at their most iconic, immortalizing those 15 minutes Mr. Warhol predicted decades ago. The new exhibition, “Luminaries: Portraits from the GW Permanent Collection,” opened to a packed gallery of art aficionados on Feb. 11 and will be on view until April 24.
“Luminaries” includes pieces created by the sapient Mr. Warhol himself. Six screen prints gifted to the gallery by the Warhol Foundation in 2014 are the centerpiece of the show—they range from two images of Lakota chief Sitting Bull that contrast each other like photographic negatives to a portrait of communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong colored in electric green. The Brady Art Gallery added Polaroids and monochromatic gelatin silver prints donated to the university from the Warhol Foundation in 2008, along with a GW-owned portrait of Mick Jagger that had been hanging in Vice Provost and Dean of Students Peter Konwerski’s office.
The exhibition was an opportunity to highlight other portraits from the university’s collection. Brady Art Gallery Director Lenore Miller chose to feature a piece by Colombian painter Fernando Botero and paintings from Washington-based artist Clark V. Fox, among others. Some of the works pay homage to Mr. Warhol, such as a painting of Elizabeth Taylor by Robert Reitzfeld, emblazoned with a kaleidoscope of colors.
“Andy Warhol’s portraits were icons, Ms. Miller said. “We looked for other portraits from GW’s permanent collection that would embody that same spirit.”
Below are some more of the brilliant works that shine in “Luminaries.”