From Marilyn to Mao

June 12 - September 13, 2015

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From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces explores America's fascination with celebrity through some of Warhol’s best-known pop art portraits.

From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces is a thematically focused look at the artist's influential screen prints. Andy Warhol is central to the pop art movement and one of the best-known 20th-century American artists. From Marilyn to Mao uses 55 of Warhol's famous portraits to explore pop art's tenet of the cult of celebrity, the idea that pop culture adores the famous simply because they are famous. Warhol exploited society's collective obsession with fame like no artist before or after him. The exhibition celebrates the Mao Suite, an anonymous gift to the CMA of the complete set of Warhol's 10 silkscreens of Chairman Mao Zedong.

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Take a look at our multimedia TAP tour for the exhibition, then come on in and see the works yourself! Tours are available on your smart device (we can lend you some headphones), or you may check out an iPod for free to access the tours while you're here.

From the Exhibition

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Mick Jagger

Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger (1975)

Andy Warhol

Screen print on Arches Aquarelle (Rough) paper

43 1/2 x 29 in. (110.5 x 73.7 cm.)

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh;

Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

1998.1.2412.1

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century: Franz Kafka

Andy Warhol

Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century: Franz Kafka (1980)

Andy Warhol

Screen print on Lenox Museum Board

40 1/16 x 32 in. (101.8 x 81.3 cm.)

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh;

Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

1998.1.2441.1

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Judy Garland

Andy Warhol

Judy Garland (1979)

Andy Warhol

screen print on paper

48 1/2 x 42 1/4 in. (123.2 x 107.3 cm.)

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh;

Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

1998.1.2593

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Muhammad Ali 1978 (2 of 4)

Andy Warhol

Muhammad Ali 1978 (2 of 4) (1979)

Andy Warhol

Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper, 45/150

Framed: 47 ½ x 37 ½ in.

On Loan from the Bank of America Collection

40911

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Superman (6 of 10 from "Myths")

Andy Warhol

Superman (6 of 10 from "Myths") (1981)

Andy Warhol

Screenprint with Diamond Dust on Lenox Board, 48/200

Framed: 43 x 43 in.

On Loan from the Bank of America Collection

82616

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Marilyn

Andy Warhol

Marilyn (1967)

Andy Warhol

Screenprint on paper, 3/250

Framed: 48 3/8 x 48 3/8 in.

On Loan from the Bank of America Collection

10356

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Mao

Andy Warhol

Mao (1972)

Andy Warhol

Screenprint on Becket High White paper

36 x 36 in

One of a complete set of 10 screen prints - blue background, pink jacket, green face

CMA 2014.5.3

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Identity Crisis: Which of Warhol's Famous Faces Describes You?

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Andy Warhol depicted many well-known (and not so well-known) figures - from celebrities to sports stars to drag queens. This made us curious to know which figure you related to most in the exhibit, so at the last installment of Arts & Draughts we took a poll. 

Special thanks to the Central Carolina Community Foundation for their generous support of the CMA’s Warhol programming.

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Pop Art Lecture with USC Professor Dr. Brad Collins

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Dr. Brad Collins is a professor of art history at USC who specializes in mid- to late-20th century American art. His extensive background in American studies and culture led him to author a book, Pop Art, making him the perfect candidate to introduce us to Andy Warhol.

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My Afternoon with Andy: An Intern’s Experience with a TAP Tour

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Until a few days ago, I probably had the same relationship with Andy Warhol as most people. Sure, I knew he was important in the landscape of modern art, but did I know why? Admittedly… No. I could certainly recognize a few of his most iconic works, like the Campbell’s Soup can and his portraits of Marilyn, but other than that? I was lost. 

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FRAMED: Andy Warhol's Mao

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Exhibition Designer/Preparator Mike Dwyer talks about the new technique of framing they had to develop for our newly donated prints of Chairman Mao by Andy Warhol.

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From Warhol to Gaga

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In this ArtBreak, Dr. Mathieu Deflem, USC professor of sociology, discusses the ideas of celebrity and fame.

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Portraits by famed pop artist Andy Warhol are coming to the Columbia Museum of Art this summer.

Andy Warhol may have been born in Pittsburgh and made in Manhattan, but the artist shared more with his Southern Brethren than floppy hair and the occasional bow tie.

At a time when some people are famous just for being famous, there is something refreshingly old-fashioned about Andy Warhol’s fascination with celebrity.

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The exhibition will feature 46 of the artist’s most famous portraits, including 10 “Mao” portraits, of the longtime leader of China’s Communist Party. The portraits are indicative of Warhol’s playfulness with color and contrast.

In addition to Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the exhibition includes the faces of Judy Garland, Muhammad Ali, Sigmund Freud, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Albert Einstein, Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Giorgio Armani, and Superman as well as two self-portraits by Warhol, to name a few.

The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors

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  • Marcia and Allen Montgomery

Connected Community Grantor

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Supporters

  • Tony and Sheila DiCioccio
  • Dr. and Mrs. W. John Bayard
  • Barbara and Roger Blau
  • Dr. and Mrs. Alan H. Brill, M.D.
  • Robert L. and Mary Lou Burr
  • Mr. and Mrs. David E. Dukes
  • Steven Ford and Alonso Cuellar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Gilchrist
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Cathy and Michael Love
  • ReNewell, Inc. Fine Art Conservation
  • Kirkland and James Smith

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