In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among these were silkscreens from the significant series Saint Apollonia and Cowboys and Indians, both created by Warhol during the 1980s. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist.
The exhibition will pay special tribute to the concept of the icon, and the fluid definition of that term in contemporary society, particularly in relation to its historical definition. From Annie Oakley to Liza Minnelliand Saint Apollonia, in these prints as in other works, Warhol played on notions of celebrity through the use of the singular iconic image—repeated, reproduced, and reversed. The exhibition will highlight these practices and other similar techniques and thematic tendencies that appear throughout Warhol’s oeuvre—practices that allowed Warhol to perpetuate and perform some of the most important work of Pop art.
The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.
This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of U.S. Trust and The Fralin Museum Volunteer Board. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.