This multimedia exhibition examines the artistic and cultural achievements of six living artists, who first gained prominence through their association with Andy Warhol, and who continue to practice their arts to the present day.
The group comprises several generations of Warhol's associates. It begins with those who played an integral role in founding the famous silver Factory in the early 1960's (Gerard Malanga and Billy Name) and those who were attracted to Andy and his studio in the early years (Ultra Violet and Allen Midgette); extends to one who entered Warhol's circle after his move to Union Square in 1968, and then to the final location on 33rd Street (Christopher Makos); and concludes with Andy's own nephew (James Warhola), who carries on the artistic tradition within the Warhola family.
Each artist is represented by a mini-retrospective of ten works, surveying the varied media and phases of his or her career. These include themes of human sexuality (homosexual, heterosexual, transvested); spirituality (Christian subjects and Zen philosophy) and death and disaster (guns and car accidents); a fascination with famous people and Native Americans, with physical beauty and international travel, and with conceptual art and its progenitors (especially Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and John Cage); the union of word and picture (in concrete poetry, and in poetic/photographic memoirs); and the appropriation and replication of images (through photography, photo silk screening, and photocopying). Laura Rubin joins the artists of the Warhol Circle with select photographs from the factory years.
Throughout his career, Andy Warhol relied on the collaborative support of creative people in the visual, literary, and performing arts to provide him with ideas and assistance in his artwork and his movies. These people helped to create the intriguing atmosphere of Warhol's studio in New York City, known simply as the Factory. Pop icons who became household names in the sixties, these surviving members of the Factory years are sometimes overlooked in the contemporary assessment of Warhol's influence, and their accomplishments remain hidden.
In "Ten Years After- The Warhol Factory" the artistic achievements of six of Warhol's associates are featured:
Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, Ultra Violet, Allen Midgette and Christopher Makos are included in the exhibition, as well as Warhol's nephew, James Warhola, who carries on the artistic tradition within the Warhola family.
Curated by Dr. Debra Miller (Associate Professor of Art History, Master of Arts and Liberal Studies Program), the exhibition represents each artist with a mini-retrospective of approximately ten works, surveying the varied media and phases of each one's career.