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Andy Warhol: Photo Factory Opening in LA

Paul Feinstein

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BANANAS 1977-78 Polacolor Type 108© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc

Never-Before-Exhibited Collection of Rare Warhol Photographs, On View at NeueHouse Hollywood

Anyone who has been following the news understands that June 15th in Los Angeles is an incredibly important date. As of that day, LA, along with the entire state of California will be removing nearly every restriction when it comes to Covid. Physical distancing – out. Capacity limits – gone. Mask requirements – loosened.

That means restaurants are back to normal, bars and clubs will be hopping, and most-importantly, events will begin anew.

On the heels of LA’s reopening and laxed Covid restrictions is one of the most exciting art exhibitions to come to LA in a very long time. Opening on June 16, 2021, at NeueHouse in Hollywood is Andy Warhol: Photo Factory, a never-before-exhibited collection of rare Warhol photographs.

The exhibit features 120 images, many of which have never been seen before and include polaroid collages, 16mm film screen tests, unique gelatin silver prints, and Polaroids of Warhol’s many famous friends.

“I began collecting these photographs after learning about the camera’s seminal influence within Warhol’s body of work. This exhibition provides a scintillating introspective, especially as I consider these lesser-known stitched photos as an extension of Warhol’s raw self, one that the public has scarcely seen. Virtually every painting, print, and most works on paper began their life as a photo study. The fact is, Warhol used a camera as part of his daily social interactions over the course of four decades, it was integral to his interactions and his art-making process,” said James R. Hedges IV, owner of the rare prints and head of the Hedges Projects.

Strolling through the red- and pink-tinged gallery, visitors will be challenged, shocked, and awed at Warhol’s unique perspectives, celebrity companions, and exhibitionist confidantes. Some of the ultra-rare images on display include portraits of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Grace Jones, Jane Fonda, Liberace, John McEnroe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many more.

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JONES, GRACE 6/1984 Polaroid Type SX-70© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc

One of the true highlights of the exhibit is a series of stitched photographs, in which Warhol physically sewed prints together in his classic repetitive patterns. In addition to the stitched prints, there are four films streaming throughout the exhibit that feature hyper-intimate, black-and-white screen tests of Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and others.

“This exhibition was created to underscore who Warhol was as a person, an artist, and an experimenter through his photography, and to delve into the stories and subjects behind the surface of his iconic images - beyond those instant moments,” says Fotografiska Exhibitions Manager Grace Noh.

The exhibition begins a world-wide tour in Los Angeles and will be open to the public for 40 days. The collection is curated and produced by international photography museum Fotografiska, the Hedges Projects, and the Jack Shainman Gallery. After debuting in Hollywood, the collection will begin its journey around the world with stops in New York, Stockholm, and even Tallinn, Estonia.

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HARING, KEITH AND JUAN DUBOSE 1983 Polacolor ER© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc

Tickets for the exhibition can be found here and cost $21. Viewings are open to the public starting on June 16th and run from 10am-7pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. As of writing, tickets are available for all open dates.

If you want to be challenged, astonished, flustered, and mystified, Warhol brings it all. And if you just want to embark on a public event, and experience a post-covid world, this is an exhibition that will help you celebrate life, ponder the extraordinary, and get your own creative juices flowing once again.

Andy Warhol: Photo Factory

NeueHouse Hollywood

6121 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90028

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Paul Feinstein has been writing and editing in Los Angeles and around the world for more than 20 years. He has written travel guides to LA, Bangkok, Tokyo, Florence, and Barcelona and has written for myriad publications and media companies including Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s Travel, La Cucina Italiana, Departures, Lonely Planet, Fine Dining Lovers, MyRecipes, Time Out, Culture Trip, TBS, FOX, Disney, Stacker, and NBC/Universal. An avid traveler, Paul has been to more than 55 countries, lived in Israel, and is particularly obsessed with Italy and Japan.

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