120 museum quality original posters. Plus book and magazine covers (5-6 each), record covers (8), rare collectibles and 20-30 editions of Interview magazine (published and partially written by Warhol). Considered to be one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world.
Andy Warhol was painter, illustrator, photographer and ﬁlm-maker; he published magazines and books; he ran the Factory, gave musicians and models a helping hand up on their way to fame – there is not much in the cultural activity of New York in the 1960s to 80s which he didn’t observe with a shrewd eye and often help to shape.
Warhol’s international breakthrough came in 1964/65 and it is during this period that, at the request of art gallery owners, he began to print his first posters. Like the paintings and his limited-edition graphic prints, they show stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Mick Jagger, or the banal-ties of the world of consumerism, whether soup cans or cows. From the early “mailers” – sent out by the gallery Owner Leo Castelli – up to the late reproductions of painting series, they proclaimed Warhol’s international success.
Alongside some 30 posters designed by Warhol, the exhibition also displays the prints after paintings and graphics with which Warhol’s series of works were presented in galleries. The question as to what constitutes the original, the design and the reproduction is the thread constantly running through these works.