WARHOL - EARLY DRAWINGS
8 January - 3 March 2013
Somewhat of a sensation!
It is extremely rare for the discovery of an art treasure to point to new directions in an artist’s oeuvre. This is, nonetheless, exactly what has happened with the unusual unearthing of several hundred drawings from one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Andy Warhol.
Approximately 300 drawings by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) from his earliest years were found quite by chance. The drawings had been registered in Warhol’s posthumous estate and archived in 1990, but since then they had lain untouched. In 2011 the Germany gallery owner Daniel Blau happened to be granted access to the drawings and noted that this was an exceptional collection of fine works.
Warhol was born in Pittsburgh and studied art at the Carnegie Institute in the 1940s before he moved to New York in 1949. At the time art education was influenced by teachers who came from Europe, and this is one of the reasons why many of Warhol’s early drawings were particularly reminiscent of the known works of German and Austrian artists such as Grosz, Dix, Schiele and Klimt. Even older sources of inspiration such as woodcuts from the 17th and 18th centuries also seem to have influenced his choice of subjects.
This is the first time a selection of about 170 of these drawings will be shown at a museum. The exhibition is curated by Poul Erik Tøjner, Director of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Featured works © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./billedkunst.dk 2013.
"Gives us a more varied look at the icon Andy Warhol...and shows another, more poetic, artist".
"...rhytmicly and beautifully displayed and clearly demonstrates his intentions and flow of his work process".
"Everything is in focus, and it is fabulous. Warhol gave edge to the paper, indeed"
"The exhibit adds new facets to our image of the artist as a young kid"
”Pleasure meeting Warhol in an entirely new way. In fact a scoop for Louisiana to be the first museum in the world to have it on show”.
The exhibition catalogue is published in English and German, From Silverpoint to Silver Screen. Andy Warhol. 1950s Drawings. The catalogue features a preface by Michael Semff, director of the Staatliche Grafische Sammlung München, and Poul Erik Tøjner, director of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, the articles A treasure is found by Daniel Blau, From Silverpoint to Silver Screen by Sydney Picasso, Environments, Situations, Spaces by James Hofmaier, as well as illustrations and a list of works. Please note that the exhibition presents a selection of works – not all the works shown in the catalogue. Sold in the Louisian Shop, DKk 398 / members DKk 328