The Greenfield Sacks Gallery in Santa Monica, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is presenting the exhibition Andy Warhol, Portraits from the 1980s beginning Saturday, September 12th through Saturday, October 24th.
The gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. B6, Santa Monica, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 12th.
Unpublished screenprints and trial proof portraits, including those of Jean Pave Barbier, Joseph Beuys, Jean Cocteau, Suzie Frankfurt, Michael Jackson, and Billy Squier, are the focus of the show.
The exhibition presents images from commercial projects and commissioned portraits. The
commercial projects were often publicity or press related, reflecting Warhol’s interest in advertising and celebrity images.
Warhol created the images of Cocteau, Jackson and Squier for various commercial projects. The image of Jackson, for example, was commissioned for the cover of Time magazine in March 1984.
The portraits of Barbier, Beuys and Frankfurt relate to paintings commissioned during the 1980s.
As was often the case, the imagery comes from the Polaroids which Warhol himself shot. These
portraits embody Warhol’s fascination with fame, status, and wealth, as well as the intriguing and unconventional personalities of the many artists, musicians and patrons who populated his world, a gallery spokesman said.
Warhol was also very in tune with America’s obsession with celebrities, the gallery spokesman said.
The unpublished prints and trial proofs in this exhibition provide insight into Warhol’s process. It is these proofs, which Warhol kept for himself, that lead directly to the final commission or painting.
Information, (310) 264-0640, or www.greenfieldsacks.com/.