Letters to Andy Warhol, a collaborative exhibition with Cadillac and the Andy Warhol Museum, celebrates Warhol’s legacy through imaginative, co-created content and experiences. The exhibition features rarely seen material from the museum’s archive, including artwork and Warhol’s personal correspondence, plus artistic contributions from several modern-day cultural creators including Aimee Mullins, Brian Atwood, Chiara Clemente, Derek Blasberg, David LaChapelle, Francesco Clemente, J.J. Martin, Nick Rhodes, Sean Lennon, Sienna Miller and Zac Posen. Together, the works explore recurring themes such as the blurring of art and commerce, and the trials of fame. The result is an examination of not only Warhol, the American icon, but also Warhol the multi-faceted, sensitive and ambitious artist who reached for inspiration across the colliding worlds of fashion, music, media, art and celebrity.
Letters to Andy Warhol includes correspondence from Yves Saint Laurent, Mick Jagger, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York State Department of Public Works and a mutual friend of his and Truman Capote, that offer a glimpse into Warhol’s most personal experiences and relationships. The exhibition also includes five artworks that share Cadillac as the subject:
· Four Male Costumed Full Figures, 1950s and Car, 1950s, were both works created as a commission for Harper’s Bazaar, which requested that he “make a visual comment on the phenomenon of the American motorcar.” The works illustrate a 1958 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.
· Cadillac, 1962 in graphite on sketchbook paper.
· Seven Cadillacs, 1962 depicts what is likely a 1963 Fleetwood (Special) four-door hardtop in black silkscreen ink on linen.
· Sign (Keep Out) 1976-1986, 1986 consists of four gelatin silver photographs, machine-stitched in a grid with thread, picturing what is likely a 1983 Cadillac Coupe de Ville d’Elegance.
Letters to Andy Warhol is free and open to the public daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.