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April 10, 2014

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'Andy Warhol: A Recent Gift' features four screenprints at Plattsburgh State Art Museum

PLATTSBURGH — "Andy Warhol: A Recent Gift" opens Saturday in the Regina Slatkin Study Room in Myers Fine Arts Building at SUNY Plattsburgh.

“The Andy Warhol gift is the second we have received from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,” said Cecilia Esposito, director/curator of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum.

“They selected a number of institutions across the country to receive material that was left in his estate.”

In 2007, the foundation first gifted the museum with 140 Polaroid and black-and-white photographs.

“The Andy Warhol gift is the second in a series,” Esposito said. “I’m not sure there will be others but at this point they gave us a large number of photographs and at this point, we have received the prints. They select the works they are going to give to us. They send me a letter in the mail just saying we have been selected and we agree. There is an addendum to our contract with them. 

"What ends up arriving is what they decide to send us. It’s really kind of fun to open that present, in my opinion.”

The seven prints are "Truck" (1985), “Brooklyn Bridge” (1983), “Joseph Beuys" (1980), “Sitting Bull” (1986), “Flowers” (1974), “Committee” (1982) and “St. Apollonia” (1984).

“They are wonderful prints,” Esposito said. “And, we had nothing in the collection. We had the photographs but this was a blank area in the collection, and to receive seven; we’re exhibiting four prints that span pretty much the '70s and '80s, for the most part. To add that to the collection is just fantastic for our students to study and to be able to see.”

Four museum studies minor students wrote the text for the booklet “Andy Warhol: A Recent Gift.” Danielle Fallon, an art history major, wrote about the artist. Justin Villanyi, a history major, wrote about New York City during Warhol’s tenure there. Kathleen Ryan, a history major, wrote about the counterculture scene in New York City. Kayla Kempf, anthropology major, wrote about Warhol’s legendary studio, The Factory.

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