The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Beauties: The Photography of Andy Warhol

Warhol, Andy, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), 1967; Screenprint on paper, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Copp.

Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, June 14, 2015

“I’ve never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty.” –Andy Warhol

One of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, Andy Warhol changed the art world in the 1960s with his Pop Art paintings and screenprints. While photography had long been important to his work, it was not until Warhol was sued for copyright infringement that he began to take and use his own photographs. Throughout the 1970s and up until his death in 1987, Warhol was taking Polaroids and making them into screenprints for commission. He also began to carry a small 35mm camera with him everywhere in order to capture his environment.

Through a generous gift from The Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, the UAMA is able to present these photographs, which make up an important and commonly overlooked part of Warhol’s working process.