The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, July 21, 2019

Wadsworth Atheneum presents first exhibition to pair the work of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Mapplethorpe, Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter, 1979. Gelatin silver print, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, N.Y. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

HARTFORD, CONN.- “Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls”—the first major exhibition to pair the work of renowned artists Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe—opens Oct. 17, 2015, and runs through Jan. 24, 2016, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn. “Guise & Dolls” will showcase approximately 100 paintings, photographs, Polaroids, prints, videos and pieces of ephemera. Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, is organizing the exhibition.

Focusing on New York in the 1970s and early 80s, “Guise & Dolls” will explore the vibrant and tumultuous era of change through the work of Warhol and Mapplethorpe, both of whose work in portraiture and self-portraiture evoke particular disguises, characters and ambiguous personalities. The exhibition will offer a close look at the artists’ portraits of each other, self-portraits and a selection of iconic portraits of sitters that address role-playing and gender roles—masculinity, femininity and androgyny. These portraits are presented alongside numerous other works and ephemera that demonstrate the artists’ engagement with gender, identity, sexuality, beauty, performance and disguise—subjects that emerged during the lively period of gender fluidity and sexual freedom during the rise of the gay rights movement in the 1970s.

“It is astonishing to think that the works of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe— two artists who both created significant bodies of work in self-portraiture—have not been examined together before now,” said Hickson. “We are eager to present these particular bodies of work in portraiture prominently and in conversation with one another, and to shed light on the artists personally and in the context of the times. Many issues they raise are still timely today.”

“Guise & Dolls” will focus on several prominent bodies of work from each artist’s oeuvre: Warhol’s “Ladies and Gentlemen” series (1975) of drag queen portraits, Christopher Makos’s “Altered Images” series of Warhol in drag, Mapplethorpe’s photographs of lifelong friend and longtime muse Patti Smith that range from masculine to feminine and Mapplethorpe’s photographic series and book, “Lady: Lisa Lyon” (1983) of the female bodybuilding champion in numerous gender-bending guises. Androgynous and cross-dressing subjects, including Bob Colacello, Candy Darling and Grace Jones will also be presented.

Both Warhol and Mapplethorpe are embedded in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s history. They have both been subjects of the museum’s MATRIX solo exhibition series: “Andy Warhol / MATRIX 50” (1979) featured the “Still Life (Hammer and Sickle)” paintings of 1976, and “Robert Mapplethorpe / MATRIX 80” (1984)—curated by former Wadsworth Atheneum curator and Mapplethorpe’s lover Sam Wagstaff—presented 20 gelatin silver prints and photogravures of “Flowers” (1983). The Wadsworth Atheneum also participated in the much publicized and controversial touring exhibition, “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment” (1989). In 1999, the museum organized the exhibition, “About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits,” which traveled to the Miami Art Museum in 2000.

Today's News

October 17, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein painting expected to set record at Christie's New York auction

Vilhelm Hammershøi's 19th-and 20th-century masterpieces on view at Scandinavia House

National Gallery of Art announces major acquisition of Jacob Ochtervelt painting

Works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Giacometti, Modigliani, Monet and Picasso to be offered at Christie's

Paintings, sculpture and manuscripts from the Mogao Caves on view at Princeton University Art Museum

New Britain Museum of American Art unveils new addition to the Chase Family Building

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey places a temporary export bar on a painting by Rembrandt

Chicago Authored: The Chicago History Museum launches first entirely crowd-sourced exhibition

Burntwood School wins 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's massive granite Sphinx is the subject of new book

Exhibition of new paintings by Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig on view at Simon Lee Gallery

Wadsworth Atheneum presents first exhibition to pair the work of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe

Three new exhibitions to discover at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

"Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition" opens at the de Young

Sculptor and painter Bill Barrett exhibits works at the Reading Public Museum

SUNDAY Art Fair showcases 25 international galleries

Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes exhibits at Tabacalera Promoción Del Arte in Madrid

SOS to rescue legendary US liner from scrap heap

Art of Judith Leiber handbags auction at Heritage sells out 100%

"Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert" showcases beauty, mystery of nature

BAMPFA introduces Art Wall, which will display a rotation of large-scale commissioned murals

Amon Carter Museum presents "Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum"

Clark Art Institute selects Eileen Myles as recipient of Clark Prize

New Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Barbara Rossi's work in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful