By Adam Turner
It’s not every day the work of one of the world’s most accomplished, iconic artists comes to Eastern, but from Nov. 1 through 20, Giles Gallery will host such a man: Andy Warhol. Though he unfortunately passed years ago, Warhol’s work lives on and some of it can be seen in “The Photography of Andy Warhol: Selections from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Project,” an exhibit currently on display on campus.
Most likely remember Warhol as the controversial and divisive 1960s pop culture artist responsible for such famous works as the Campbell Soup cans and his Marilyn Monroe screen-prints. But in addition to his worldwide celebrity status, Warhol was also a skilled and prolific photographer.
The Giles Gallery exhibit, on loan from the University of South Carolina Upstate, highlights Warhol’s Polaroid and black-and-white portraits of friends, celebrities and other important figures of the time. It also features much of Warhol’s everyday life, providing insight to what he did, who he met and more.
In a press release, Gallery director Esther Randall explained how this particular sample of Warhol’s work is important to understanding the man, the myth and the legend.
“The significance of this collection is that it gives the viewer a glimpse into the mind and into the creative process of Andy Warhol,” Randall said.
The exhibit opened Thursday, Nov. 1 and will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 20. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The Giles Gallery is located in the Campbell Building.