Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Roanoke College gets Andy Warhol Goodies

Andy Worhol's photo of Liza Minnelli.^

A day after the return of three stolen George Solonovich prints, Roanoke College has struck a form of artistic gold again: the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program has donated 103 Polaroid and 51 black-and-white photographs to Roanoke College’s Permanent Art Collection.

These original images were taken by famed pop artist Andy Warhol and are some of the more than 28,500 photographs the program is donating to 183 colleges and universities around the country, including institutions such as Yale University and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Roanoke is in good company with the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University as one of the few Virginia galleries to receive a Warhol donation.

Each institution is receiving a selection of works, including portraits, celebrity snapshots, couples, nudes, painting ideas, party photos, still lifes and outdoor scenes. Among the Olin acquisitions are Polaroid images of President Jimmy Carter, William Burroughs and Cheryl Tiegs, and black-and-white photographs of Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli and Martha Graham.

President Michael Maxey says, “We are pleased the Warhol Photographic Legacy Program concluded that the quality of Roanoke College and its accessibility to the community meets their highest standards, and we are pleased to share this collection with the larger community. This is a sign that Roanoke College is attractive as a premier destination for art. We are pleased that the College is deserving of this kind of recognition.”

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was founded shortly after Warhol’s death in 1987, and the Photographic Legacy Program was developed in 2007 to celebrate the foundation’s 20th anniversary. The aim of the program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s work and process and to enable a wide range of individuals across the country to view and study Warhol’s photographic work.

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