Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic Process

O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston-Downtown, February 23 to April 6, 2022 


University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, May 19 to June 24, 2022 

Public Art UHS is presently organizing an exhibition focusing on our collection of Andy Warhol photographs, which the Andy Warhol Foundation donated in 2008 as part of its Photographic Legacy Program. Works from Public Art UHS’s corpus of 149 gelatin silver prints and Polaroids (made by Warhol between 1975 and 1985) are simultaneously indivisible from the artist’s creative process behind some of his best known portraits as well as illustrative of his tremendous aesthetic originality.

Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic Process, will interrogate the artist’s process and experimentation with photography, particularly in its relationship to portraiture. It will highlight the breadth of Public Art UHS’s photographic holdings as well as present several case studies charting Warhol’s approach: from photograph to concept development and preparatory drawings and sketches to finished work. Instantaneous Beauty will contextualize and make this important body of work accessible to our broad academic and community audiences across the University of Houston System.


University of Houston-Downtown

O’Kane Gallery

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Art Gallery