William McManus on Andy Warhol

Gallery Talks

July 26, 2008    add to my calendar

William McManus is a Ph.D. candidate, Department of Art and Archaeology, at Princeton. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Vassar College. He has published on the paintings and films of Andy Warhol as well as the work of Vito Acconci and Paul Cézanne. His dissertation focuses on Warhol's work and films during the 1960s, and he's currently working on the legacy of Minimalism and the intersection of film, photography and language in the Sixties and Seventies.

Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia. He studied pictorial design at the city's Carnegie Institute of Technology, then moved to New York City upon graduation. Relinquishing a successful and acclaimed career as a commercial illustrator in New York in the 1950s, he began exhibiting paintings with silkscreened Pop imagery in 1962. In 1963 he began to produce films and other projects, including Interview magazine, which was begun in 1969. Retrospectives of his work have been organized by the Pasadena Art Museum (1970), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1989), and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2002). Shadows (1979) was first exhibited at Heiner Friedrich's gallery at 393 West Broadway, New York City, in January 1979, and most recently at Dia in 1998-99. Dia's other exhibitions of Warhol's work include "Andy Warhol: Disaster Paintings, 1963" (1986), "Andy Warhol: Hand-Painted Images, 1960-62" (1987), and "Andy Warhol: Skulls" (1987-88). Warhol died in 1987. In 1994, Dia collaborated with the Carnegie Institute and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to open the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. 
 

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William McManus is a Ph.D. candidate, Department of Art and Archaeology, at Princeton. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Vassar College. He has published on the paintings and films of Andy Warhol as well as the work of Vito Acconci and Paul Cézanne. His dissertation focuses on Warhol's work and films during the 1960s, and he's currently working on the legacy of Minimalism and the intersection of film, photography and language in the Sixties and Seventies.

 
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