153 Original Andy Warhol Photographs to be Exhibited at Montclair State University

"Andy Warhol: Through a Glass Starkly" Includes Images of Debbie Harry, Jamie Wyeth, John Travolta, Liza Minnelli, and Others

Montclair, NJ -- The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University will present 153 original photographs taken by Andy Warhol in "Andy Warhol: Through a Glass Starkly," an exhibition that will run September 8 through December 12.

The photographs-103 Polaroids and 50 black-and-white gelatin silver prints - were donated to the George Segal Gallery by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The Segal Gallery is one of 183 galleries nationwide, and one of just three in New Jersey, selected as a beneficiary. In total, the gifted works include 28,543 original Warhol photographs valued at more than $28 million. This unprecedented program honors the 20th anniversary of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Among the subjects in the 153 photos received by the George Segal Gallery are celebrity images including Debbie Harry, Jamie Wyeth, Willie Shoemaker, John Travolta, Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Barry Diller, and Catherine Oxenberg. William V. Ganis, a leading scholar of Warhol photographs and author of Andy Warhol's Serial Photography, will curate the exhibition.

"Though Warhol is known as a painter and printmaker, nearly all of his efforts have a photographic base," says Ganis. "This exhibition shows Warhol's 'Photographic thinking' whether through the diaristic snapshots he made every day for a decade, or the Polaroids of celebrities used to make their silk-screened portraits. The works at the Segal Gallery, most of which will be shown publicly for the first time, offer a fascinating cross-section of Warhol's abiding photographic endeavors."

In addition to the Warhol photographs, which will become part of the Segal Gallery's permanent collection, the exhibit will include five paintings that relate to the photographs, on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and three photographs of Andy Warhol, including Anton Perich's well-known image of Warhol carrying a camera. These photographs will be on loan from the DeNovo Gallery in Idaho.

On Thursday, October 8, from 2:30 - 5 p.m. Curator William Ganis will moderate a symposium entitled "Andy Warhol Photographs." The panel of experts will include Neil Baldwin, author and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Montclair State's College of the Arts, Catherine Zuromskis of the University of New Mexico, and John Tagg of Binghamton University. Registration for the event is $25; $20 for senior citizens; free to students with I.D.

The Andy Warhol Foundation's Photographic Legacy Program was established to provide greater access to Warhol's artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol's work.

"Andy Warhol defined a generation and changed our world," said Teresa Rodriguez, director of the George Segal Gallery. "While he is known for pop art, these rarely-seen photos provide an insight to his process."

The 7,200 square foot George Segal Gallery was completed in 2006 and houses the permanent collection of works by well-known artist George Segal and other 20th and 21st century artists. The gallery has been the recipient of the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the NJ State Arts Council for three consecutive years.

Released: July 13, 2009