Boca Raton Museum of Art to Ring in the New Year with a “Pop,” Presenting Three Exhibitions of Andy Warhol

12/04/15
Boca Raton Museum of Art

No other artist of the twentieth century had a firmer grasp on the zeitgeist of his time nor a greater impact on contemporary art than did Andy Warhol.  Shoe illustrator, filmmaker, painter, sculptor, photographer, printmaker, collector and celebrity – Warhol is one of those few artists who successfully made the transition from studio into popular culture.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art brings three exhibitions revolving around Warhol this January – ringing in the new year with a pop and presenting a broad perspective on the artist’s lasting impact on art and culture.

Warhol on Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949–1987+ on view January 26 through April 10, 2016

Music fills the galleries devoted to Warhol on Vinyl: The Record Covers, which offers a unique lens to survey the artist’s career from his early years as a young graphic designer to the cultural phenomenon he later became. Interestingly, the timespan of Andy Warhol’s career and that of vinyl records are nearly identical.  The LP was introduced in 1948 and the following year Warhol received his first record design commission. 

Warhol’s taste in music was eclectic to say the least, and his record cover designs reflect his wide-ranging interests – from Sergei Prokofiev to Debbie Harry and Aretha Franklin. The exhibition, which was organized by the Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Laura Mott, includes more than 100 album covers, original designs, wallpaper, and video.

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Warhol Prints from the Collection of Marc Bell on view January 26 through May 1, 2016

The celebration of all things Warhol continues with a major installation of more than 100 silkscreens, including the artist’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans, Dollar Signs, Flowers, and the remarkable portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao, and Wizard of Oz.   All of these magnificent works come from the collection of Boca Raton’s Marc Bell, who has collected the most enduring and unforgettable statements in art.

Without question, Warhol was the dominant figure of the contemporary art scene in the twentieth century.  He found the celebrities and objects of popular culture and made them resonate as powerful icons, presented here in Warhol Prints.

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Bob Colacello: In and Out with Andy on view January 26 through May 1, 2016

As confidante and editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview from 1971 to 1983, Bob Colacello was perfectly placed to photograph Andy’s world from inside the intimate world of the Factory, documenting the glamorous social scene of Warhol’s milieu and its celebrity denizens. During countless art openings, cocktail parties, charity balls, and after-hours clubs frequented by celebrities, socialites, aristocrats, and politicians, Colacello wasn’t standing at the door telling people to smile. He was in the middle of the action – an “accidental photographer” as he calls himself – catching subjects such as Mick Jagger, Diana Vreeland, Gloria Swanson, Liza Minnelli, Truman Capote, and Andy himself off-guard. In and Out with Andy is the first solo museum exhibition of Colacallo’s photos.

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Support for these exhibitions is generously provided by Beatrice Cummings Mayer, Chris & Peter Raimondi, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Boca Raton. Media sponsor, Boca Raton Observer. Additional support is provided in part by the Board of County commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.

 Except where noted, exhibitions are organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and curated by Kathleen Goncharov.