Photographs of Truman Capote and Edward Kennedy hang beside oil paintings of George Washington and a hamburger in a new exhibit at GW’s Brady Art Gallery open Feb. 3 to March 5. Titled “Warhol: Photographs Selected from the GW Permanent Collection,” the exhibit features 16 works from legendary photographer Andy Warhol, as well as several other works from the Brady Gallery’s permanent collection that represent the fields of pop and commercial arts, including photographs by Philippe Halsman, oil paintings and serigraphs.
“We wanted to give a quick overview of the Warhol pieces we have in our collection as well as show the kinds of interactions Mr. Warhol had, as he was very involved in the art and celebrity world, especially in New York,” says Assistant Director of University Art Galleries Olivia Kohler.
In 2008, GW’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery was chosen by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to receive a gift of approximately 150 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints by Mr. Warhol. The gift, made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary, consists of 28,543 original Warhol photographs valued in excess of $28 million that was be divided between 183 college and university art museums.
GW’s permanent collection includes more than 3,600 works.