|Andy Warhol, Kenny Scharf, 1984, Tang Teaching Museum, gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.|
We were very pleased to see a great collection of Andy Warhol polaroids from the 1970s and 80s last weekend at the Tang Teaching Museum, Andy Warhol: I’ll Be Your Mirror, just before it closed. Including portraits of Kenny Scharf, Princess Caroline of Monaco, John Denver, Vitas Gerulatis and even Lana Turner, the collection provides a wonderfully unique window into Warhol’s sensibilities and into his world. As part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, the Tang received several prints, over 100 polaroid photographs and 50 gelatin silver prints in two gifts in 2008 and 2013. In fact, over 180 college and university teaching museums, collections and galleries in this country have received similar gifts since 2007 through this program administered by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Over 28,500 Warhol photographs have been gifted in total. Photography so clearly informed his work and the Foundation, quite smartly, hopes these donations will promote discussion and further research in this realm. These photographs and the collections they form are so compelling, we imagine they have already fostered tremendous interest on campuses all over the United States.