© The Andy Warhol Foundation

Beatle Boots (Negative), 1986
Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 80 x 72 in / 203,2 x 182,9 cm

Andy Warhol
Late Black and White Paintings

The Michael Kohn Gallery, in conjunction with Kohn Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, is proud to announce an exhibition of major paintings by Andy Warhol.

At the Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, the show will be comprised of large-scale, black and white advertisement paintings that are images taken directly from newspapers, nearly six by seven feet in size. These paintings constitute some of the most important late works by one of the Twentieth Century's most infamous artists.

As Charles Stuckey wrote, "Warhol extended the concept of drawings and paintings based directly on images taken from New York daily newspapers that he had developed briefly in the early 1960s. Images of footwear (sneakers and hiking boots)... are important motifs in Warhol's late black-and-white series - a body of work particularly informed by street culture and commercial art."

In the seven years before he died Warhol had revisited the themes and sources of his earliest Pop works. Starting in 1979 the "Reversal" series was a direct re-creation of his most famous works from the 1960s to early 70s; from that point forward the artist seems to have often kept in mind the ideas of early Pop for his later paintings. Warhol had produced paintings with shoes as subject matter since the diamond dust series five years earlier, and presumably when the artist returned to newspapers as source material the preponderance of shoe advertisements attracted Warhol's attention.

The canvases at the Michael Kohn Gallery exhibition will consist of major works from the black and white series: "Pumas," "Beatle Boots," "Hiking Boots," along with selected other paintings by Warhol.

At Kohn Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, a single large-scale, black-and-white canvas will be exhibited along with selected other works by Warhol.

Exhibition: 9. September - 14. October 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 11am - 6pm

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