When most people think of Andy Warhol, they conjure visions of Marilyn heads and Campbell’s soup cans all in a row. However outside of the silkscreens for which he is so well known, Warhol was also a draughtsman, and he created hundreds of drawings throughout his life. In the 1950s, Warhol moved to New York City and began working as a commercial illustrator, and the sweet, delicate drawings that he produced during this period are in stark contrast to many of his later works, and this is what makes them so fascinating. Little men smoking cigarettes, elegantly detailed shoes, plump cherubs wrapped in ivy, imaginary hats, lounging cats, vegetables, beauty products, household items — the list goes on.
L&M Arts in New York is currently hosting an exhibition of Warhol’s drawings featuring two of these subjects — hats and shoes. The hats first appeared in the 1964 holiday issue of McCall’s magazine, each one identified with a popular fictional or historical character ranging from Scarlett O’Hara to My Fair Lady. The collaged, hand-painted, and gilded shoes are from the portfolio A la Recherche du Shoe Perdu, and reference popular culture with celebrity dedications that foreshadow Warhol’s future superstar portraits. On view through February 18, 2012, the show offers a chance to experience these elusive but important works.
Who’s Who in Holiday Hats?
December 15, 2011 – February 18, 2012
L&M Arts, New York