On December 4, 1998 Dia Center for the Arts will present an exhibition of Andy Warhol's Shadows (1978), a single work comprised of over 100 panels. The installation will be on view in Dia's 545 West 22nd Street exhibition gallery through June 13, 1999. Dia is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm.
Acquired directly from the artist in 1979, Shadows remains a centerpiece of Dia's collection. The scale and ambition of Shadows, while grand even for Warhol, is characteristic of the key works in Dia's collection. This presentation of Shadows will constitute the second exhibition in Dia's new facility at 545 West 22nd Street. The paintings will be hung contiguously around the 298 feet of the gallery's perimeter, sequenced according to the artist's original plan, and in conformity with his conception of the work, which he designated as "one painting with...parts."
Each panel, measuring 76 x 52 inches, is of acrylic paint, variously silkscreened and handpainted on canvas. The whole encompasses an extraordinary range of colors, from subtle and muted to brilliant neon, placing Shadows among Warhol's most remarkable and compelling works.
Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to immigrant parents of Czechoslovakian descent. He studied design at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh from 1945 to 1949. After a successful and distinguished career as a commercial illustrator in New York in the 1950s, he began exhibiting his paintings with silkscreened Pop imagery in 1962. In 1963 he began making films. Thereafter, his work was shown widely. Warhol died on February 22, 1987.
Support for this project has been provided by the Dia Art Council, the major annual support group of Dia Center for the Arts.
Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts, poetry, education, and critical discourse and debate.
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