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Exceptional Archive of Andy Warhol Contact Sheets Unveiled

Andy Warhol, ‘Contact Sheet [Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Halston, Diane de Beauvau, Bethann Hardison at Elton John concert; In the back of a limousine; At Halston’s apartment, Andy Warhol photographing Bianca Jagger shaving in the living room],’ 1976
Andy Warhol, ‘Contact Sheet [Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Halston, Diane de Beauvau, Bethann Hardison at Elton John concert; In the back of a limousine; At Halston’s apartment, Andy Warhol photographing Bianca Jagger shaving in the living room],’ 1976 | © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Thousands of never-before-seen photographs by Andy Warhol will go on view at Stanford University in California this fall.

In 2014 the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University acquired a phenomenal number of Andy Warhol photographs from the artist’s foundation.

This rare archive of contact sheets – the photographic print of all the negatives from a roll of film used so a photographer can select which images to develop – offers an insight into Warhol’s back-and-white photographic practice from 1976 up until his death in 1987.

Andy Warhol, Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The collection of 3,600 contact sheets equates to about 130,000 exposures (images) that Warhol shot on his Minox 35EL camera. The American Pop artist loved to visually document his everyday existence, from the quotidian and his extensive travels to parties and hanging out with his many celebrity friends.

An archive such as this provides both a unique insight into an artist’s life as well as the development of their artistic practice. The works that will be on view are made even more enthralling as they retain the trace of the artist’s hand, with marks of X’s or circling indicating which images Warhol wanted to be printed.

Andy Warhol, Contact Sheet [Jean-Michel Basquiat photo shoot for Polaroid portrait; Andy Warhol, Bruno Bischofberger], 1982 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The exhibition highlights the many famous cultural figures Warhol worked with and encountered during his lifetime. Featuring music legends Michael Jackson, Debbie Harry, John Lennon and Dolly Parton as well as emerging artists of the time like Keith Haring, the black-and-white works paint a colorful picture of Warhol’s glitterati entourage.

“This exhibition allows viewers to experience Warhol’s photography in a depth and detail never before possible,” said Peggy Phelan, Stanford professor and co-curator of the show along with Richard Meyer.

Andy Warhol, Detail from Contact Sheet [Debbie Harry portrait photo shoot, ], 1980 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

In addition to the contact sheets, the exhibition will also feature a number of candid color portraits of famous faces, including Liza Minnelli and Jean-Michel Basquiat – Warhol’s protege. These Polaroid portraits are particularly important as they form the basis of Warhol’s silk-screen works.

Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli (Polaroid™ Polacolor Type 108), 1977 © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Visitors will be able to delve deeper into the archive through an interactive touchscreen display, zooming in on contact sheets and creating virtual prints.

“This component of the exhibition will allow visitors to recapture the intended function of the contact sheets – namely to look frame by frame at Warhol’s exposures in order decide which ones are worthy of becoming photographs in their own right,” said Meyer.

Coinciding with the exhibition will be the launch of a digital online database of Warhol’s photographic work that has been two-and-a-half years in the making. A book examining the importance of these rare works in Warhol’s oeuvre will also be co-published by the Cantor Arts Center and MIT Press.

Here’s just a small taster of what you can expect.

Andy Warhol, Detail from Contact Sheet [Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Halston, Diane de Beauvau, Bethann Hardison in the back of a limousine], 1976 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Andy Warhol, Detail from Contact Sheet [Andy Warhol photo shoot with Liza Minnelli and Victor Hugo, John Lennon], 1978. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Andy Warhol, Contact Sheet [New Years Eve party at River Café], 1987 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Andy Warhol, Unidentified Photographers, ca. 1981 © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol, Contact Sheet [Debbie Harry portrait photo shoot, Chris Stein; Victor Hugo, Bianca Jagger, others in club; Dog; Bianca in a kitchen], 1980 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Jean-Michel Basquiat (Polaroid™ Polacolor ER), 1982 © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol, Contact Sheet [Stuart Pivar with skulls and skeletons at anatomical model showroom], 1986. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Contact Warhol: Photography Without End is at the Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305 from September 29 2018 to January 6 2019. Free entry.