Andy Warhol Resources
Public Art UHS’ collection of 149 Andy Warhol (1928-87) photographs includes ninety-nine Polaroids and fifty black-and-white gelatin silver prints. Created by the artist from 1975 to 1985, the collection includes portraits of his friends, celebrities, and socialites as well as images of anonymous people and places Warhol encountered during his daily comings and goings in New York City and other locations. Among the iconic faces captured by the pop artist are Julian Schnabel, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Jamie Lee Curtis, and 1980s rock star Billy Squier.
The collection was donated to Public Art UHS in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through its Photographic Legacy Project, which launched in 2007 to provide greater access to Warhol’s less-known bodies of work. The project placed thousands of photos by Warhol in a number of educational institutions, including UH which received a curated selection of the artist’s original photos and prints.
This extensive selection of Warhol photos is accessible to researchers, scholars, and the general public at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.
In 2022, Public Art UHS organized Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic Process. The exhibition explored the artist’s process and experimentation with photography, particularly in its relationship to beauty. It placed a wide selection of Warhol’s photographs in dialogue with his finished works as well as those by several of his closest collaborators.
All Andy Warhol Artworks © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.