Museum of Art receives Andy Warhol photographs

PULLMAN – The Museum of Art at WSU has received an unprecedented gift of works from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The gift, made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary, includes 150 original Warhol photographs for the museums’ permanent collection.

A sneak peak of a few of the newly acquired Warhol images will be on display during the Curator’s Choice exhibition beginning May 18, 2009. The full body of work will be shown in 2010.

WSU is among 183 college and university art museums across the United States to receive this generous gift.  More than 28,000 Warhol photographs have been donated to various museums.

Chris Bruce, Museum of Art/WSU director said, “The Museum of Art is deeply honored to have been chosen to receive this major donation from the Andy Warhol Foundation for our permanent collection. This gift validates the quality and focus of the museum’s program as a celebration of creativity in modern and contemporary culture.”

According to foundation president, Joel Wachs, the goal of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important body of Warhol’s work.  

The Warhol photographs join 14 prints currently in the collection by this singularly influential artist.

Chris Evert, 1997
Witch (Margaret Hamilton), 1980
Unidentified Man, Undated

Keith Haring, Undated