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In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

JEPSON CENTER Closed May 17, 2015

Marylin-Rev

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) depicted the world with the volume turned up. Employing a seemingly endless palette, his work has challenged our perceptions of popular culture, politics, and consumerism for more than fifty years. Warhol was the central figure of American pop art, a movement that emerged in the late 1950s in reaction to the heroism of abstract expressionism. Warhol and his contemporaries sought to eradicate the notion of the InLivingColor_4“genius artist” and downplay the role of originality in art, adopting mechanical means of generating images such as screenprinting, which theoretically allowed for an endless reproduction of images. In drawing inspiration from the rapidly changing world around them, pop artists sought to be more inclusive in their subjects, and more aware of the day-to-day conditions of contemporary existence.

Spanning three decades of Warhol’s career, this exhibition features some of the artist’s most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial Electric Chair portfolio. Drawn exclusively from the rich collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation, In Living Color is divided into five sections—experimentation, emotion, experience, subversion, and attitude. In each, Warhol’s work is placed in conversation with other artists of the postwar era, such as Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, and Keith Haring, whose work uses color as a tool to shape how we interpret and respond to images.

Support for the exhibition and related educational and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

 

InLivingColor_3RELATED PROGRAMS | Jepson Center

In Living Color Free Family Day!
Saturday, April 11 | 1-4pm
Spring into fun, and celebrate the exhibitions In Living Color and Hot Pink in an afternoon of hands-on art-making for children and adults. Try out relief printing, and silk-screen your own t-shirts. Help make an inflatable sculpture! Admission is free, thanks to project funding from the City of Savannah and Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

Opening Lecture by Jordan D. Schnitzer
Thursday, March 5 | 6pm
Join the noted art collector Jordan D. Schnitzer for an inside look at the works In Living Color. Mr. Schnitzer’s passion for collecting post–World War II American art grew from his first purchase at age 14 to a collection that now includes more than 8,000 works by American masters. FREE admission.

 

Pop Art Pop-up Party!
Thursday, April 9 | 6pm
Think pink! The Hot Pink installation by Anne Ferrer and In Living Color are the inspiration for a Studio 54 disco party co-hosted by South magazine and Telfair Museums. Anne Ferrer will kick off the party with a lecture at 6 pm. FREE and open to the public. Funding is provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

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Andy Warhol, American (1928-1987)
Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), (II.23), AP edition C/Z, 1967
screenprint
36 x 36 inches
Publisher: Factory Additions, New York
2001.51b
Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Keith Haring, American (1958-1990)
Pop Shop V, edition 153/200, 1989
silkscreen
13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Publisher: the artist
2003.47d
Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
© Keith Haring Foundation
Chuck Close, American (b. 1940)
Lyle, edition 24/80, 2003
149-color silkscreen
65 1/2 x 53 7/8 inches
Publisher: Pace Editions, Inc., New York
2003.248
Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Published by Pace Editions, Inc.
Photograph courtesy the artist and Pace Prints
© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

Josef Albers, American, b. Germany (1888-1976)
Homage to the Square, edition 35/125, 1967
screenprint
24 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches
Publisher: Editions Domberger, Stuttgart for Galerie der Spiegels, Cologne
2006.79f
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer
©2015The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Reproduction, including downloading of Andy Warhol works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.