Andy Warhol: Shadows

Long-term view, Dia Beacon


Following an extensive international tour and its recent presentation in New York City, Andy Warhol’s Shadows (1978–79) will return to Dia Beacon for long-term view in January. A single painting in multiple parts, Shadows is one of Warhol’s most abstract works, yet one that cohesively synthesizes key elements of his practice, including film, painting, photography, and screenprinting. Originally commissioned by Dia and acquired in 1979 for a solo exhibition at 393 West Broadway in New York City, Shadows includes a total of 102 canvases; the final number of canvases on view in each installation is determined by the dimensions of an existing exhibition space. For the installation at Dia Beacon, 72 canvases will be installed edge to edge, a foot above the floor.

The conservation of this work was made possible by CALVIN KLEIN.


Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928. He died in New York City in 1987.

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Artists on Andy Warhol

Photo: Don Stahl

Artists on Andy Warhol

Artists on Andy Warhol is the third installment in a series culled from Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures, focused on the work of artist Andy Warhol. It features contributions from Robert Buck, Glenn Ligon, Jorge Pardo, Kara Walker, and James Welling.

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