Telfair Museums Opens In Living Color Exhibition

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Mao, 1972, Ed. 212/250, screenprint Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Mao, 1972, Ed. 212/250, screenprint Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

Telfair Museums is pleased to announce the opening of In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation March 1 – May 17, 2015 at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts.

Andy Warhol is known as a master colorist who depicted the world with the volume turned up. Warhol was the central figure of American pop art, a movement that emerged in the late 1950s. He challenged the way people understood popular culture, politics, and consumer society. Warhol and his contemporaries sought to eradicate the notion of the “genius artist” and downplay the role of originality in art, adopting mechanical means of generating images such as screenprinting, which theoretically allowed for an endless reproduction of images.

In Living Color examines the ways in which color impacts both the subject and viewer. There are five sections to the exhibition – emotion, experience, experimentation, attitude and subversion. Warhol screenprints from the 1960s through the 1980s serve as the lens for the exhibition’s study and frame the five sections of the show, along with 19 other artists. Warhol’s work is placed alongside that of other artists such as Chuck Close, Frank Stella, and Keith Haring to create a dialogue for each section. Spanning three decades of Warhol’s career, this exhibition features some of his most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial Electric Chair portfolio.

“This multifaceted exhibition of American pop artists explains the use of color to influence how people interpret and respond to images,” said Lisa Grove, Telfair Museums’ director and CEO. “The artists in the exhibition drew inspiration from the world around them and used bright colors and repetition as a form of communication.”

The exhibition is drawn exclusively from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. Mr. Schnitzer is an internationally known collector who describes himself as the Johnny Appleseed of art appreciation, endeavoring to help people experience the most noteworthy artists of our time. Mr. Schnitzer will give a lively talk on In Living Color on March 5 at 6 pm at the Jepson Center.

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