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Warhol Getting Another 15

Could it be said that Warhol was an early, embedded paparazzo?

Close to 30,000 images taken by the artist were recently unearthed and donated to universities across the country by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Considering the artist’s obsession with fame, it sounds like a strategic move by the foundation to insure his popularity among the next generation of art collectors. Note to artists: Save everything.

The University of Richmond held an opening last Thursday to show off about a third of its new gift of 153 photos, both candid and studio shots. UR was one of 183 collegiate museums to receive the gift. Take a look at some of their pictures.








Mick Jagger, Mackenzie Phillips, and Nicky Lane Weymouth, circa 1970-1987; gelatin silver print on paper



“A good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous,” Warhol once said. It’s interesting to see how fascinated he was with fame. He seemed to have been attracted by sensation, not necessarily talent. He would have loved him some Paris Hilton.







Dorothy Hamill, 1977;

Polacolor Type 108 on paper












“A good reason to be famous is so you can read all the big magazines and know everyone in all the stories.”


Warhol loved Polaroids and apparently the company continued making a certain model just for him. Some of his Polaroid portraits would later go on to become silk screens. The pictures are not remarkable or even very memorable. They serve as more of a view into Warhol’s life and fascinations, and as a snapshot of the times, than as examples of exceptional art.



Paul Anka, 1975;

Polacolor Type 108 on paper


“What I’m most impressed with is when I meet somebody that I thought I could never meet — that I’d never dream I’d be talking to some day …”

What’s interesting about this quote is that he goes on to site several people who are insignificant today — Paul Anka of “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” fame, anyone? —  leading me to think, what’s the use if celebrity and fame are so fleeting? Seems like a superficial muse to chase. Though that doesn’t make it any less fascinating. We are now watching Warhol watch the celebrities of his time and interestingly, he’s the one who ended up with the fame.

“Warhol’s Photographs and Pictures: Selections from the Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts” is up through May 15 at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond.


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