Dozens of unpublished unpublished Andy Warhol erotic drawings are released since its foundation

Dozens of previously banned erotic drawings of Andy Warhol men from the 1950s will be exhibited for the first time

  • Dozens of unpublished Andy Warhol drawings showing young people in private erotic moments are released for the first time
  • The images of the 1950s, which depict men in loving embraces or more explicit acts, are part of an important study unveiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • They will be exhibited in a book by Michael Dayton Hermann of the Warhol Foundation
  • Entitled “Andy Warhol: Early Drawings of Love, Sex and Desire”, the book will be published by Taschen this summer.

Dozens of previously unpublished Andy Warhol drawings showing young people in private erotic moments are published for the first time.

The 1950 images, which depict men in loving embraces or more explicit acts, are part of an important study unveiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

They will be exhibited in a book by Michael Dayton Hermann of the Warhol Foundation.

Entitled “Andy Warhol: Early Drawings of Love, Sex and Desire”, the book will be published by Taschen this summer.

Hermann said the book will contain hundreds of drawings, a “good portion” that has never been seen before.

About 20 will be present in a forthcoming Warhol retrospective which will open in March at the Tate Modern in London.

Dozens of unpublished Andy Warhol drawings showing young people in private erotic moments are released for the first time

Dozens of unpublished Andy Warhol drawings showing young people in private erotic moments are released for the first time

The 1950 images, which depict men in loving embraces or more explicit acts, are part of an important study unveiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The 1950 images, which depict men in loving embraces or more explicit acts, are part of an important study unveiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The drawings will be exhibited in a book by Michael Dayton Hermann, of the Warhol Foundation, which will be published by Taschen this summer

The drawings will be exhibited in a book by Michael Dayton Hermann, of the Warhol Foundation, which will be published by Taschen this summer

About 20 of Warhol's designs from the 1950s will be featured in a forthcoming Warhol retrospective that opens in March at London's Tate Modern

About 20 of Warhol’s designs from the 1950s will be featured in a forthcoming Warhol retrospective that opens in March at London’s Tate Modern

Warhol had tried to exhibit the designs in New York at the time of their creation, but they would have been vehemently rejected by the owners of homophobic galleries.

While he was a successful commercial illustrator at the time, Warhol had not yet created the paintings and prints of movie stars, soup cans and soap boxes that would transform him into one of the most famous artists in the world.

Hermann said he was “hypnotized” by the images, a precursor to the obsessive way in which Warhol subsequently captured people and moments with his Polaroid and 35mm cameras.

While he was a successful commercial illustrator at the time of the designs, Warhol had not yet revealed the paintings and prints of movie stars, soup cans and soap boxes that would turn him into one of the most famous artists in the world.

While he was a successful commercial illustrator at the time of the designs, Warhol had not yet revealed the paintings and prints of movie stars, soup cans and soap boxes that would turn him into one of the most famous artists in the world.

Warhol (left) is pictured here with Jamaican / American model and singer Grace Jones and American artist Keith Haring

Warhol (left) is pictured here with Jamaican / American model and singer Grace Jones and American artist Keith Haring

“This is the first time that a monograph has been devoted to fully illustrating and reproducing these works,” said Hermann.

He said research for the book included interviews with artists and others who discussed galleries’ rejection of designs in the 1950s due to their controversial nature.

“He was challenging the world to see things differently and he didn’t succeed in the 1950s because people weren’t ready for it,” said Hermann.

Hermann said that his book will show works that didn’t have much traction when it was created.

Advertisement

.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.