Joining a veritable bounty of shows devoted to the silver-haired Pop artist, the New York Academy of Art will present “Andy Warhol: By Hand, Drawings from the 1950s-1980s,” an exhibition of more than 150 illustrations, many of which have never been exhibited in the United States.
Opening January 22 and running into March, the show has been co-curated by David Kratz, the president of the New York Academy, and Vincent Fremont, formerly an executive manager of the artist’s studio and a founder of the Andy Warhol Foundation. (Fremont was also formerly the CEO of the holding company that previously owned ARTnews.)
In a statement, Fremont said, “It is important for people to know the vital role drawing played in Andy Warhol’s life as an artist. By focusing only on Andy’s drawings, this exhibition is a way to highlight without distraction Andy’s innovative process and experimentation which encompassed pen and ink, ballpoint pen, blotted line, graphite, and acrylic paint.” Works in the show were culled from the private collections of dealers Daniel Blau, Paul Kasmin, and Anton Kern.
“Andy Warhol: By Hand” follows numerous Warhol offerings that are coinciding with Whitney Museum’s retrospective “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again.” Among them are “Andy Warhol: Endangered Species” at New York’s Ukrainian Museum, “Warhol 1968” at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, an exhibition of portraits of the artist at Camera Work Gallery in Berlin, and “Contact Warhol: Photography Without End” at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in California. Warhol’s monumental painting series Shadows (1978–79) was also displayed at Calvin Klein’s headquarters in New York until this past December, with plans for it to appear again this year in a long-term exhibition at Dia:Beacon in upstate New York.