Suns, limos, teams … Andy Warhol’s life exposed in unseen portraits
Book and exhibition will be followed by digitisation of papa artists images, generating public be made available to amazing visual diary
Tens of thousands of unpublished photos taken by Andy Warhol of celebrity pals such as Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger and Debbie Harry are to be made public for the first time in what is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 journal, show and the digitisation for the general public of every single image- the majority of members of which has not been able to been insured before. Markings on 3,600 contact membranes show that Warhol etched only 17% of his photographs.
Spanning 11 times leading up to the artist’s death in 1987, the likeness open doors to both his dazzle social circle and his private world. In one photo, the writer Truman Capote is shown stretching out on a couch. In a series of hundreds of pictures capturing an uncovering fiction, Jon Gould, Warhol’s last-place boyfriend, is shown on the beach, in the snow and on a boat.
The Contact Warhol project to attain the photographs available for public view is headed by Peggy Phelan and Richard Meyer, artworks profs at Stanford University, California, which acquired the archive from the Warhol Foundation.