NEWPORT, RI.- The Newport Art Museum
is presenting a new exhibition, "Andy Warhol: Big Shot," which will be on view September 19 - December 20, 2020. "Andy Warhol: Big Shot" is the artists third exhibition at the Newport Art Museum. Warhol attended Newport Art Museum opening receptions for his first two exhibitions, which were a group show in honor of gallery owner Leo Castelli in 1977 and Andy Warhols Childrens Show in 1985. This exhibition aligns with the Museum's mission to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, and discovery, thereby amplifying the connections between us all.
Andy Warhol is well known for his appropriation of other peoples photographs, from the portraits to the press photographs that he reproduced and repeated in silkscreen prints and paintings, but he was also an avid photographer himself. This exhibition focuses on Andy Warhols photographic work, specifically his Polaroids. Using a Polaroid Big Shot and an SX-70 cameras, Warhol made thousands of instant photographs. He used them in many ways: to document his art and aid in his drawing for ads, take snapshots of friends and celebrities, make self-portraits, and create portraits that would become studies for paintings, prints, and drawings. Polaroids also served as a starting point for commercial work, such as album covers and advertisements. Still many other snapshots were simply part of Warhols quotidian visual diarylike sketches of the people who passed through his daily life.
While some of Warhols Polaroids were studies for other works, others were an end unto themselves. This exhibition brings together a selection of Warhols Polaroids along with some of the final works of art that they generated. It also includes other unique photographs by Warhol, such as his rare stitched photographs and photobooth portraits.
In many ways, Warhol anticipated Instagram, other social media platforms, and the selfie. Andy Warhol: Big Shot engages with the contemporary issues of celebrity, social media, and artistic production.