"Contact Warhol: Photography Without End" Never Before Seen Warhol Photographs Unveiled at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford Universit - Revolver Gallery

“Contact Warhol: Photography Without End” Never Before Seen Warhol Photographs Unveiled at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford Universit

Andy Warhol, “Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow],” 1986. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. (Image credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.)

Warhol never left his house without a few signature items: His wig, his glasses, and his 35mm single-reflex camera. He had many habits, but one of his most prevalent was his desire to document his surroundings every chance he had. He saw beauty in all things. In his friends, his environment, even strangers. Thanks to Stanford University, we are now able to gain even more insight into Warhol’s world…and decide which images appeal most to us.

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford is offering a unique interactive exhibit that will allow individuals to examine the exposures in an intimate setting. “This component of the exhibition allows visitors to recapture the intended function of the contact sheets – namely, to look frame by frame at Warhol’s exposures in order to decide which ones are worthy of becoming photographs in their own right,” said co-curator Richard Meyer. This exhibition resonates strongly with our own culture of documenting our surroundings and personal lives through social media. Warhol was truly ahead of his time.

Jean-Michel Basquiat during a portrait shoot. ANDY WARHOL (U.S.A., 1928–1987), NEGATIVE [JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT PORTRAIT PHOTO SHOOT], 1982, BLACK-AND-WHITE NEGATIVES. CANTOR ARTS CENTER COLLECTION, GIFT OF THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, 2014.41.873_27. © THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC.

The collection of over 130,000 exposures is more relevant than ever, offering unique insight into the daily life of Warhol, and featuring the elite socialites he had befriended over a 12-year span from 1976 to his death in 1987. The exposures feature celebrities from Michael Jackson to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nancy Raegan and Jackie Kennedy, to his dear friends, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition also touches on Warhol’s immersion in gay culture of the 1970’s and 80’s, featuring both prominent and lesser known drag queens and never before seen sexually explicit images.

Possibly the most unique part of this exhibition is the technology that will allow viewers to observe the images in a “depth and detail never before possible,” stated by co-curator Peggy Phelan. The exhibition features a touch screen platform where attendees can zoom in and explore the images to examine the detail as if they held the original film in their hands. The attendee can then add and organize  their favorite images to be compiled in a virtual print that is projected onto a large monitor, for everyone to appreciate. Within the exhibition, viewers are also able to observe Warhol’s process from a simple photo negative up to the iconic silkscreen paintings we know and love today.

The exhibition, Contact Warhol: Photography Without End, is on view from September 29th through January 6th, at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

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