Andy Warhol
Still Lifes: Parts 1 & 2
June 9 – July 14, 2007
Reception: Saturday, June 9, 2007 5-7 p.m.

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery
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Andy Warhol, Flowers (Hand Colored), 1974, Screenprint on ivory paper with Dr. Martin’s aniline dyes, 40 1/8 x 27 inches.
© 2007.  The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art, Inc.

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, with the assistance of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is pleased to announce the Andy Warhol (1928-1987) exhibition, Still Lifes: Part 1.  The 18 unique silkscreens and two graphite drawings reveal Warhol’s interest in the genre of still life. The subject matter is very traditional: grapes, apples, cantaloupes, and Japanese flower arrangements.
In the 1970’s two major compositional elements took center stage in Warhol’s work, the hand-drawn line and the representation of shadows cast by objects. The line appears most dramatically in Flowers, 1979 and is also evident in the other works exhibited from this period.  Stills Lifes featuring shadows include, Gems, 1978, Grapes (Special Edition), 1979, and Space Fruit: Still Lifes, 1979. The element would eventually become a subject for an entire body of work in Shadows, 1979. The shadows become quite abstract and denote a distinct departure for Warhol from the representational images for which he had been largely known.  
One of the most conceptually provocative elements of the 1970’s was the expanded use of unique edition prints. Although traditional in subject matter, these trial proofs revealed the artist’s innovative approach to printmaking. Andy Warhol’s casual approach to screenprinting combined conscious intent with accidental results. He explored color and compositional variations, which can be seen in Grapes, 1979; a special edition of ten unique proofs. Each still life suite is comprised of six images, varying in color. Flowers (Hand Colored), 1974 was made unique through the hand application of Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolor dyes.
Still Life: Part 1 focuses on the traditional genre of art, the still life, and how Andy Warhol provocatively expanded the use of the unique edition print. The upcoming second exhibition, Still Life: Part 2 – Hammer and Sickle, displays how Warhol was able to use the same genre to make social and political commentary.

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