Held at Dia Bridgehampton five months after Andy Warhol’s death, this memorial exhibition includes twenty-five works representing each of the successive phases of the artist’s career from 1955 to 1983: His hand-painted images, Campbell’s Soup Cans, Flowers, Skulls, portraits, and the Paintings for Children commissioned in 1982 by Swiss dealer Bruno Bischofberger.
Exhibited alongside Warhol’s works are twenty-seven photographs by Stephen Shore, whom Warhol befriended when the photographer was seventeen years old. Taken between 1965 and 1967 at Warhol’s studio, dubbed “the Factory,” at 231 East 47th Street, Shore’s photographs document the daily comings and goings of Warhol’s “superstar” entourage, among them Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Nico, and Yoko Ono.
The exhibition also includes a selection from Warhol’s collection of fifty-seven Native American blankets and rare woven baskets, which were found in his Montauk, Long Island residence after his death. This collection is related to his long-held interest in contrived modern representations of the American frontier, a theme that he returned to in the year before his death with the 1986 portfolio Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928. He died in New York City in 1987.