Friday, May 13, 2016

Andy Warhol Museum Announces Major Addition to Collection

Andy Warhol, Do It Yourself (Sailboat), 1962, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
    The Andy Warhol Museum has acquired an early and important Warhol Pop art
painting to add to its collection. Warhol’s Do It Yourself (Sailboats), painted in
1962, is one of five paintings in existence from this rare hand-painted, paint-by-number
series. The Warhol’s collection previously did not include an example of
this seminal series and moment in Warhol’s earliest experimentations with pop
imagery.
    This 72 ¼ x 100-inch painting harkens to Warhol’s interest in providing audiences
with instantly identifiable imagery from everyday life. Of the remaining paintings
from this series, three are in institution collections in Europe, and one is in a private
collection. Other imagery depicted in this series include a seascape, violin,
landscape (autumn scene), and flowers.
    The painting was first exhibited in 1962 at Stable Gallery in New York, the gallery that first exhibited Warhol’s work.
    "Thanks to this painting and others like it, Warhol in so many ways democratized
vision and opened the door for anything to be considered a subject in a work of art,"
says Eric Shiner, The Warhol’s director. "Warhol posits that a dime store painting,
replete with instructions on exactly how to paint, where to paint, and with what
colors to paint, is just as legitimate a subject as anything else. We’re thrilled to have
this key work in our collection, and we thank Gagosian Gallery for its assistance in
making this acquisition possible."
    "I am delighted to have been able to help The Andy Warhol Museum obtain this
seminal painting. It exemplifies an essential part of Warhol’s legacy, and it will be a
powerful addition to the museum’s already impressive collection," says Larry
Gagosian.
    When evaluating its overall collection, The Warhol identified this particular series
of paintings as essential to its mission and commitment to telling the story of
Warhol’s practice and method, and their contexts in art history. To achieve the goal
of acquiring a painting from the Do It Yourself series, despite not having an
acquisition fund, The Warhol with its museum board and Carnegie Museums of
Pittsburgh leadership, after thoughtful deliberation made the decision to deaccession
paintings from its collection.
    Following industry guidelines and procedures, several pieces from the museum’s collection were traded for this new work. These deaccessioned works were all from series in the museum’s collection which were already well represented.
    Warhol’s Do It Yourself (Sailboats) will be on view to the public beginning June 28, 2016.
    The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The
Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset
District.
About The Andy Warhol Museum
    Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy
Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival
materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world.
    The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Additional information about The Warhol is available at www.warhol.org.
Phone: 412-237-8300
Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, and Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Mon closed
Admission: Members free
Adults $20; Children/Students $10
Good Fridays 5 – 10 p.m., half-price museum admission
The Warhol Store/The Warhol Café – free

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