Paris, Galaries Nationales du Grand Palais

In 1962 pop artist Andy Warhol began painting portraits of personalities, starting with images of Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. From 1967 until his death in 1987, Warhol produced many portraits in dizzying, clashing contrasts, from Princess Grace of Monaco and Gianni Agnelli, to contemporaries such as David Hockney and Keith Haring; his work has had a profound effect on contemporary portraiture.

In the early 1970s, in Warhol’s famed Manhattan “factory”, he developed a systematic process of serial, almost mass-produced, art. Using a Big Shot Polaroid camera, the artist would produce painted and silk-screen tableaux from his favorite shots.

From the vast archive of portraits painted over more than two decades, curator Alain Cueff sectioned themes for the exhibition, focusing on the defining periods of Warhol’s work. Works like The Last Supper (1986), which is a series of almost 100 variations on Da Vinci’s oeuvre, and throws light on the artist’s strong religious beliefs throughout his life. This is the first time in three decades that we’ve seen such an assemblage of Warhol’s icons.

March 18 through July 13, 2009
3, avenue du Général-Eisenhower
75008 Paris
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