Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in March 2019
Through March 24, 2019, SFAI will exhibit a curated selection of the 100 original Polaroid photographs and 50 gelatin silver prints gifted by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2013, the Foundation followed up with another round educational institution gifts, this time Warhol’s celebrated screenprints. In the Main Gallery of its new Fort Mason Campus, SFAI will exhibit for the first time the group of seven original prints alongside forty of the Polaroids and six of the photographic prints the school now holds in this compelling archive. The screenprints include The Nun, Ingrid Bergman (1983), Annie Oakley (1986), and Joseph Beuys in Memoriam (1986). The photographs on display include nudes, painting ideas, celebrity snapshots, still lifes and outdoor scenes showing the range of Warhol’s aesthetic in this rare glimpse into a medium that was largely used a source material for his legendary work.