The Arizona State University Art Museum is debuting some pretty big new works this summer.
The museum is the recipient of six pieces by artist Andy Warhol, now on view in the museum’s lobby.
The prints are rare examples of works that Warhol did not necessarily intend to share with the public.
“In the development of an image toward printing a uniform edition, Warhol would experiment with both color and compositional elements, creating many variations of prints outside the final, editioned image,” says Jean Makin, ASU Art Museum print collection manager and curator. “These ‘outside edition’ prints were often not signed. Warhol gave some away to friends or clients, but he kept most of them.”
The works are a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Established after Warhol’s death in 1987, it has given prints to institutions across the country to ensure “that the many facets of Warhol’s complex oeuvre are both widely accessible and properly cared for.”
In 2008, the ASU Art Museum received 155 photographs by Andy Warhol from the foundation, part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.
“That the Warhol Foundation recognizes the value of university and college art museums like ours is both a tremendous honor and a reflection on the Foundation’s thoughtful work,” says ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox. “We are overjoyed to be the recipient of these prints and to share and explore Warhol’s work with our university audience and the Phoenix community.”
The Warhol prints join the ASU Art Museum’s collection of more than 5,000 prints. The collection is held in the museum’s Jules Heller Print Study Room, which provides a secure environment for care and storage while also being an accessible resource for research and viewing by students, scholars and general visitors.
More than 600 students visit the Jules Heller Print Study Room each year to closely examine and study selections from the collection.
IF YOU GO
What: Six original Andy Warhol prints
When: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
Where: ASU Art Museum, Mill Avenue and Tenth Street, Tempe
Cost: Free admission
Information: (480) 965-2787 or ASUartmuseum.asu.edu.