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Andy Warhol’s Never-Before-Seen Photo Trove Lands at the Cantor Arts Center

The show zooms in on 3,600 contact sheets from the Pop artist’s photography practice.

Andy Warhol, “Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow],” 1986, gelatin silver print.


With smartphones, it’s easy to snap and share our lives with the world, but pre-Instagram, visual diaries required film and cameras. Who had time for that? Pop artist Andy Warhol, whose trove of never-before-seen black-and-white photographs of friends and celebrities (Liza Minnelli, Jean-Michel Basquiat) and gay culture (drag queens, Fire Island) from 1976 through his death in 1987 are on display in Contact Warhol: Photography Without End, at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford from Sept. 29 to Jan. 6.

“Whether commenting on sex, money, physical appearance or social standing,” says Richard Meyer, who co-curated with Peggy Phelan, “the artist sized up his friends and acquaintances, as well as himself, with merciless precision.” The exhibit draws on more than 130,000 exposures on 3,600 contact sheets and negatives acquired from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the images were digitized for public access on the museum’s website. Note: Some images may not be appropriate for young viewers. 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford


Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley

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