January 9 - February 28, 2015
Reception: January 9, 2015, 6 - 8 p.m.
The first major show at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts since it opened last winter, Warhol: Fabricated is a truly remarkable presentation of private and public Warhol pieces that have never before been exhibited together.
This innovative exhibition will combine nine Warhol screen prints and 120 photographic prints already owned by UAB with loaned pieces from the Andy Warhol Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, beta pictoris gallery, several private collectors and photos of Warhol from Photography Adviser to the Library of Congress Mr. Bob Adelman. In addition, well-known New York-based contemporary artist Charles Lutz will display works from his “Denied Warhol Paintings and Sculpture” series.
Warhol’s impact on the global arts scene is unparalleled. Perhaps more than any contemporary artist, Warhol shaped and defined not only our ways of viewing art, but also our understanding of society, culture, celebrity, and politics. His prolific production process meant that he was able to mass-produce prints and other pieces in an almost-instantaneous response to the cultural conversation of the day. From political leaders, movie stars, and rock icons to household items, wallpapers and three-dimensional installations, Warhol’s art offered immediate commentary on the evolution of American society and our growing fascination with consumption: of goods, of media, and of information. His pieces now seem prescient, as today’s society consumes—and demands—ever more at an even faster pace.
Warhol: Fabricated will be anchored by several signature pieces, most of which have never been shown in Birmingham including Marilyn, Mick Jagger, Red Lenin, Hammer and Sickle, Joseph Beuys in Memoriam, Reigning Queens, Skulls, Cologne Cathedral, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Annie Oakley, Kachina Dolls, Action Picture, Vote McGovern, Birmingham Race Riot, Electric Chair, Silver Clouds, 100+ Polaroids, and Silver Gelatin prints.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind exhibit at one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings.