© Andy Warhol

Unidentified Male Portrait, c 1952
ink on white bond paper, 28 x 21.6 cm

Andy Warhol
Private Drawings from the 1950s

After graduating in pictorial design in 1949, from The Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol embarked on a successful career as a commercial illustrator in New York. While his illustrations for fashion magazines and advertisers are well known this exhibition presents for the first time a group of Andy Warhol's "private" drawings from the early fifties.

This was a time when homosexuals were essentially an invisible minority and transvestitism was seen as taboo and while Warhol himself was openly gay, this was not on the whole explicitly evident in his art. The drawings are portraits, almost exclusively of unknown male figures, possibly friends from parties which capture a private world. These "ladies and gentlemen" are shown in their jewellery, make-up, hats and other finery striking coy and playful poses full of a humour.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue of the show and will tour to Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 19th April to 25th May 2003.

13 March to 12 April 2003
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