Tuesday, November 13, 2012

ANDY WARHOL's FLOWERS Exhibition @ Eykyn Maclean Gallery

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From Eykyn Maclean

Eykyn Maclean is pleased to present a comprehensive survey of Warhol's Flowers paintings of 1964 and1965. Gallery Director Kristy Bryce explains, “This show will bring together prime examples of Warhol’s Flowers ina variety of media to explore the series in a depth not previously addressed in an exhibition format.”

Warhol began work on his Flowers series in the summer of 1964, soon deciding that it would be the focus for his first show with Leo Castelli in the fall of that year. For the Castelli show, he worked on 48- and 24-inch square canvases. For his following show, at the Sonnabend Gallery in Paris in the spring of 1965, he included additional sizes – 14-, 8-, and 5-inch squares. The square format allowed Warhol complete freedom with orientation. For the first time, his works had no fixed upright, allowing the Flowers to be installed in a variety of ways. Another unique aspect to this series is the different techniques and media he explored, including silkscreen, pencil, hand painted acrylics, and fluorescent Day-Glo paint. Eykyn Maclean will include examples of each of these sizes and techniques to better trace the nuances of development
within this important series. Also included will be the only surviving banner (a Flowers painting on red fabric) that Warhol made for the 1965 opening of New York City's Peace Eye Bookstore.

Unlike Warhol’s work prior to this point – which drew upon images in the mass media as well as commercial brands – Warhol turned to a different source: a spread in a magazine called Modern Photography. The magazine’s June 1964 issue featured a photograph of seven hibiscus flowers taken by executive editor.


November 1 - December 8, 2012
New York gallery hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5pm
(Please note that the gallery and exhibition will be closed for Thanksgiving from November 22-26)

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, acrylic, fluorescent paint, and silkscreen ink on linen, 48 x 48 in

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