Jan. 12-June 5: 'Andy Warhol: Behind the Camera' on view in Old College Gallery
Andy Warhol photograph of Dolly Parton, 1985, courtesy of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Andy Warhol photograph of Lorna Luft, 1982, courtesy of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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9:10 a.m., Jan. 10, 2011----The exhibition “Andy Warhol: Behind the Camera,” which includes 60 works drawn from the 150 photographs gifted to the University Museums of the University of Delaware by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy program, will open Jan. 12 and continue through June 5 at the Old College Gallery.

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The first 200 UD students to visit the exhibition and present University ID will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

This is the first time these photographs have been publicly shown.

When Andy Warhol died in February 1987, he left behind a trove of almost 60,000 photographs, the bulk of them unknown to all but his inner circle. They consisted mostly of two kinds: 3- by 4-inch Polaroid images and 8- by 10-inch black and white prints.

Ironically, for an artist whose claim to fame lay in his use of serial repetition, Warhol's photographs were mostly unique affairs, whether the inherently singular Polaroids or the typically one-off black-and-white prints made to specification in Warhol's darkroom by personal assistants.

Prime examples of Warhol's obsessive camerawork, they illustrate the artist's largely unknown achievements in photography, which are as distinctive as his celebrated paintings, prints, and films.

The work of some photographers is forever identified with the particular cameras they used; Henri Cartier-Bresson and his state-of-the art Leica come to mind. This is true also of Warhol, who loved certain cameras to the point of obsession.

But unlike fine-art photographers who typically master complicated equipment, Warhol invariably opted for devices marketed to the home consumer with as few controls as possible. Whether expensive Japanese miniature cameras or cheap Polaroid models, what mattered for Warhol was the lack of photographic “knowledge” required to operate them.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m., guest curator Stephen Petersen will offer a gallery talk, followed by a reception.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Exhibition and events are open to the public free of charge. For hours and information see the University Museums website or call 302-831-8037

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