Unseen Warhol: New Portraits Surface After 30 Years in Hiding

Artsy Editorial
Sep 7, 2013 4:32PM

If you’ve seen the live webcam broadcasting from Andy Warhol’s grave site, read his 11 years of published diaries, or looked at the tens of thousands of Polaroids that captured his intimate world behind the doors of the Factory and Studio 54, you might think you’ve learned all you can about the ubiquitous art icon—but there’s more. A recent discovery of never-before-seen photographs expose Warhol in a raw and candid light, posing with a giant sunflower and a backpack. “These photographs reveal a different Warhol than most of us have ever witnessed,” Interview Magazine’s Editor at Large, Christopher Bollen, told BBC. “It’s a testament to the photographer and an opportunity to reassess his bearing as one of the most influential artists of the last century.” In 1981, after photographer Steve Wood shot Warhol in the halls of a French hotel, he placed the 35mm slides in a filing cabinet in London—where they would remain, unpublished, for 30 years. Filed in a dusty folder marked “W,” this tender perspective of Warhol was nearly forgotten until Wood came across the images in 2012 and decided they were finally fit for print.

After a debut in New York City, the photographs traveled to m|u|c|a Gallery in Munich and are currently on display at ArtRio.

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