September 16, 1994-June 18, 1995

Sep 03, 1994

Andy Warhol: The Last Supper Portraits

Andy Warhol's last major series of paintings, based on Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century masterpiece of Christ and his Apostles at the Last Supper , will be exhibited at Dia Center for the Arts, New York, beginning September 16th. The five monumental paintings, up to forty feet in length, are considered Warhol's most significant late work. First exhibited in Milan in 1987, across the street from Leonardo's famous mural, very few of Warhol's Last Supper paintings have ever been shown in the United States.

Warhol subjected Leonardo's celebrated icon to a bevy of inventive manipulations. Half of Warhol's Last Supper images were made with the artist's signature silk-screen technique, the others made by traced outlines of the image projected on the canvas. In several paintings he kept the full picture intact. In others, however, he doubled or split it, multiplied, or inverted sections of it. In addition, details were isolated and then rephrased, or the whole miniaturized for serial repetition. Further complexities were introduced by changing the ground from a simple monochrome hue to a camouflage pattern.

Dia's historical commitment to showing the work of Andy Warhol in depth as co-founder of the Andy Warhol Museum in collaboration with Carnegie Institute and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., continues with Andy Warhol: The Last Supper Paintings, at 548 West 22nd Street. The exhibition will continue to be on view through June 25, 1995. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Andy Warhol's Empire (1964), a 480 minute, 16 mm silent black and white film, will be screened at 548 West 22nd Street in its entirety, on September 16, 1994, beginning at 7:30 p.m.. There will be access throughout the duration of the film. Co-directed by John Palmer, with Jonas Mekas cinematographer, using an Auricon camera, the film takes as its subject the Empire State Building.

Funding for these projects was provided by the Dia Art Council, the major annual support group of Dia Center for the Arts, and the Dia Art Circle.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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