8 January - 21 February 2013
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Gl Strandvej 13, Humlebæk, Denmark
+45 49 19 07 19

It was something of a sensation when around 250 drawings by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) from his earliest years were found quite by chance. The drawings had been registered in Warhol’s posthumous estate and archived in 1990, but since then they had lain untouched. When the German gallery owner Daniel Blau happened to be granted access to the drawings and noted that this was an exceptional collection of fine works – by one of the greatest artists of the 20th century – the basis was laid for the present exhibition, Andy Warhol: Early Drawings. This is the first time the drawings have been shown at a museum.
Many of the drawings, which are from the 1950s, are sketch-like in character with subjects that the artist, with his keen eye, selected and traced from newspapers and magazines, and transformed with his simple lines into pictures. It is obvious that Warhol drew inspiration from the world of which he was himself a part in his early youth, when he worked as a draughtsman and illustrator in the advertising and fashion industry and frequented various milieux in the city of New York. Films, photographs, fashion magazines and the pictorial universe of the newspapers were the models for the subjects he turned into images that even then were unmistakably Warholean in their expression and sowed the seeds of Pop Art in the next decade. A selection of about 200 of the drawings can be experienced at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.