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Dali Museum: Andy Warhol Comes To St. Pete

St. Petersburg, FL The Dal Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida announces the debut of "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality." which will open Saturday, January 18, 2014 to the public and run through April 27, 2014.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928, Andy Warhol was one of the American artists most influenced by the legacy and model of Salvador Dal. In the 1950s-70s, both Warhol and Dal were highly visible in the New York art world. This was the period when Warhol was most productive and where he gained the most notoriety.

Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality. explores how Warhol learned from Dals public visibility and was equally attuned to the images derived from mass culture. Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality. considers Warhols little commented on engagement with other artists through his own painting, how he constructed an approach to the image in terms of celebrity and fame, and finally his treatment of painting and image in terms of human mortality.

The exhibit will include approximately 35 paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of Warhol films, including screen tests. Works are on loan from The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. The Warhol and The Dal museums are two of the largest and most renowned single-artist cultural destinations in the country.

Our new exhibit will feature an important selection of works from Andy Warhol, one of the worlds most well-known artists, announced The Dal Museums Executive Director Dr. Hank Hine. Its important for The Dal to present works from other artists, especially those that relate to Salvador Dal, to highlight different perspectives while showing their unique connections. Working directly with The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh allowed us to collaborate and select specific works that will show Warhols impact on the art scene through his synthesizing of different media.

The Warhol Museum opened in 1994 in Pittsburgh, Andy Warhols birthplace. Seven floors house Warhols paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, films and screen tests, as well as books and other archives.

What is unusual is the mix of materials including archival photographs depicting Warhol in the 1950s. You will see both photos of and by Warhol. There are portraits of dozens of artists and celebrities that Warhol worked with, explained The Dals Special Exhibitions Curator Dr. William Jeffett. Visitors will find nine acrylic and silk screen paintings of Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, amongst many other works.

In addition to the variety of paintings, prints, photography and films, a special film installation provides visitors their 15 minutes of fame. A simulated Warhol screen-test is set to film visitors as they sit in front of the camera for about a minute. The installation harkens back to the film style Andy Warhol experimented with in his days at The Factory. Visitors will be able to capture, save, and share their movie online.

During the three months of the Warhol exhibit, a myriad of educational programs and special events filtered through the themes of art, fame, and mortality will allow the community to learn, explore, and be entertained by Warhols works and inspirations.

The Dal Museum, located on the waterfront in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, FL, is home to the worlds most unparalleled collection of Salvador Dal art in the world featuring more than 2,000 works comprised of nearly 100 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures, and objets dart.

The building is itself a work of art, with a free-form geodesic dome featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels the only structure of its kind in North America nicknamed the Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburgs picturesque waterfront. The museum has attracted the worlds attention and is listed as one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime in AOL Travel News, amongst other distinguished awards.

The Dal Museum is located at One Dal Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727-823-3767, or TheDali.org.

Source: Dali Museum Media


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