“Andy Warhol: Pre-Pop” opens at Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis on Friday, October 6 and runs through November 4, 2017. Over two dozen original drawings created by Andy Warhol during his first decade in New York City will be on exhibit; most will be available for acquisition. Each of the works has a provenance of the Estate of Andy Warhol and has been authenticated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; none has ever been privately owned. The works come from the private inventory of Long-Sharp Gallery. Works such as these are often reserved for private exhibition or exhibition at one of the world’s top tier art fairs, such as Masterpiece London. This is the first time the works will be exhibited in the United States. Long-Sharp Gallery celebrates its 6th fall season in Indianapolis with this world class exhibit.
Andy Warhol graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design. That same year, his work debuted in Glamour Magazine and he moved to New York City with the goal of becoming a commercial illustrator. He became one of the most successful illustrators of the next decade. His unique whimsical style of drawing garnered much attention and awards for his works were plentiful. The 1950s also marked Warhol’s most productive decade for books; he published eight between 1952-1960.
The drawings exhibited will reflect Warhol’s different interests and experiences during the 1950s. Collectors will find drawings (and some paintings) of Warhol’s iconic shoes from the 1950s, drawings from his first trip abroad, along with study drawings for some of his completed and never finished books. The October 6 opening (6:30-9:00pm) will be sponsored by the Gallery’s luxury hotel partner, Conrad Indianapolis, and EvanTodd Salon & Spa. All images © Andy Warhol.