Andy Warhol Foundation Donates Five New Pieces to Upstate’s Permanent Collection

November 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate is proud to announce the addition of five new screen prints by Andy Warhol to the Curtis R. Harley Gallery’s permanent collection.

The prints, which arrived earlier this week, are a gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., and are a part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Project.

The five pieces include:

  • Reigning Queens (Queen Beatrix), 1985
  • Cowboys and Indians (Sitting Bull), 1986
  • Beethoven, 1987
  • Hans Christian Andersen, 1987
  • Hans Christian Andersen, 1987

This is the second gift USC Upstate has received from the Warhol Foundation. In 2008, the University received 152 color Polaroid and black and white photographs from the Foundation’s collection of 28,543 original Warhol photographs.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Andy Warhol Legacy Project, and to continue to receive works produced before his death in 1987,” said Jane Allen Nodine, director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery. “It is outstanding for our faculty and students to use original works of art for research, and it supports the University’s Metropolitan Mission for the Harley Gallery to share our collection with the Spartanburg community and educational institutions through loan agreements.”

Since acquiring the collection of photographs in 2008, USC Upstate has presented concurrent exhibits at the Spartanburg Art Museum and at the Harley Gallery in 2010, accompanied by an exhibition catalog and a lecture series that was open to the public. Upstate also has loaned pieces for exhibits at Clarion University in Clarion, Penn. and at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. In 2014, several pieces from Upstate’s collection will be exhibited at Customs House Museum in conjunction with an exhibition organized by Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program was launched in 2007 in an effort 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 yet relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work. The program offers institutions that do not have the means to acquire works by Warhol the opportunity to bring a significant number of photographs into their permanent collections, while allowing those institutions that do have Warhol in their collections to enrich the breadth and depth of their holdings.

An exhibition is planned for the spring.

For more information about the new prints or about the Warhol collection at USC Upstate, please contact Jane Allen Nodine, director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery, at (864) 503-5838 or JNODINE@uscupstate.edu.