Never-Before-Seen Andy Warhol Photos Coming to Hell's Kitchen Gallery

By Mathew Katz on February 22, 2012 8:39pm | Updated on February 22, 2012 8:41pm

'Andy Warhol and Unidentified Women' from the new exhibit at Affirmation Arts.
'Andy Warhol and Unidentified Women' from the new exhibit at Affirmation Arts.
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Andy Warhol/The Andy Warhol Museum

CHELSEA — Everyone may get fifteen minutes of fame, but Andy Warhol's just keep on going.

Now, 25 years after his death, a new exhibit at Affirmation Arts at 523 W. 37th St will show off 53 vintage gelatin silver print photographs taken by or featuring the pop artist.

Warhol: Confections & Confessions will feature prints taken between 1974 and 1983 that have never been seen outside of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh — and eight that have never been publicly exhibited.

Unlike some of Warhol's more famous work, these black-and-white, 8-by-10 photographs are less flashy — a collection largely made up of portraits of unknowns, still life and interior shots.

The pictures, including of some of Warhol in his most relaxed moments, give a glimpse into his life away from the chic clubs and celebrity liaisons the artists was known for.

"It is a great honor to celebrate this unknown side of Andy with such limitedly exhibited works that reveal his unexpected talent as a fine art photographer," said Marla Goldwasser, the gallery's director.

The exhibit will also feature a screen with Warhol's screen tests, where he took friends, famous celebrities, and even ordinary people and made them up to seem like movie stars.

The upcoming exhibit will run from March 3 to May 5, and visitors will also have the opportunity to pick up a catalog based on the exhibit, complete with an essay by Eric Shiner, director of Pittburgh's Andy Warhol Museum. Admission is free.

'Cake,' a 1983 print from the new exhibit at Affirmation Arts.
'Cake,' a 1983 print from the new exhibit at Affirmation Arts.
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Andy Warhol/The Andy Warhol Museum

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