Whizs, limos, fraternities … Andy Warhol’s life exposed in unseen images
Book and show will be followed by digitisation of pop artists pictures, presenting public be made available to extraordinary visual diary
Tens of thousands of unpublished scenes taken by Andy Warhol of luminary friends such as Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger and Debbie Harry are to be made public for the first time in what is described as an unparalleled accumulation of his photography.
More than 130,000 individual chassis have been made available by the Andy Warhol Foundation for a forthcoming work, exhibition and the digitisation for the general public of every single image- most of which have not been ascertain before. Markings on 3,600 contact sheets is demonstrating that Warhol reproduced simply 17% of his photographs.
Spanning 11 times leading up to the artist’s death in 1987, the personas open doors to both his brilliance social curve and his private world. In one photo, the writer Truman Capote is shown stretching out on a couch. In a series of hundreds of paints capturing an revealing romance, Jon Gould, Warhol’s last-place lover, is shown on the beach, in the snowfall and on a boat.
The Contact Warhol project to represent the photographs available for public view is headed by Peggy Phelan and Richard Meyer, artworks professors at Stanford University, California, which acquired the archive from the Warhol Foundation.