In 1982, Tacoma almost had its very own Warhol painting
and it was going to be super-sized on the Tacoma Dome. This November, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Warhols proposal for Tacoma, the artists flowers and vision for the Dome are coming to Tacoma Art Museum
in Andy Warhols Flowers for Tacoma from November 3, 2012 through February 10, 2013.
Best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture, Warhols flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist. These works capture Warhols explorations of fragility, vibrancy, femininity, sensuality, and beauty. The exhibition celebrates more than 100 works by Warhol, including early illustrations from the 1950s, photographs, paintings, photographs, and works related to the creation of his iconic Flowers.
Tacoma Art Museum is proud to bring this extensive body of Warhols work to the Puget Sound, said Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibition offers insights into Warhols career that are rarely seen in the Northwest.
Flowers for Tacoma exemplifies the nature of pop art, where something commonplace like a flower is transformed into art. Exhibition highlights include Warhols audacious floral proposal for the Tacoma Dome consisting of a brightly colored flower that would have covered the Dome, as well as paintings, studio photographs, and almost a dozen screen prints from his vibrant Flower series, which is based on a photograph of hibiscus flowers by Patricia Caulfield. The exhibition traces Warhols ongoing interest in floral imagery from the early 1950s through 1986.
This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore in-depth a little-known component of Warhols career and to re-imagine the city of Tacoma through his vision. said Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration at Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibition will show how one of the most influential American artists engaged with Tacoma.
Flowers for Tacoma will further cultivate art and culture by raising awareness about Warhols proposal and the growing interest in realizing his vision. Advocates of the project, known as Citizens to Install Andy Warhol's Flower on Tacoma Dome, are trying to raise awareness about the significance of Warhols proposition and the opportunity it provides for Tacoma.