Thursday, March 08, 2012

Andy Warhol in Black & White

Stopped by the "Warhol: Confections & Confessions" exhibition going on now (through May 5) at the Affirmative Arts gallery in Hell's Kitchen over the weekend. The show features "53 unique vintage gelatin silver prints" taken by or featuring the famed Pop artist, on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Those looking for the celebrity-obsessed work he became known for may be a bit underwhelmed. These 8-by-10 black-and-white photos -- taken between 1974 and 1983 -- are mostly still life (sandwiches, salt and pepper shakers) and interior shots, as well as a few unknown subjects. (Gotta love the uber-"Catholic" Andy and his sisters!) But for completists, it's a side of Warhol's photography that is mostly overlooked, and is worth a walk on the wild side (aka West 37th Street between 11th and 12 avenues!). More details HERE.

Once you've looked at the photographs, the gallery has Andy Warhol's famed "screen tests" on a continuous loop upstairs, featuring some of the 500 short black-and-white films he shot of Factory visitors over the years. Wouldn't you know it that most of the men are ridiculously handsome!

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