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Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987 (depicted). Self-Portrait, 1986. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen; 40-inches by 40-inches
ST. PETERSBURG - The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg announces the debut of "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality," opening Saturday, Jan. 18, and running through June 1.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1928, Andy Warhol was one of the American artists most influenced by the legacy and model of Salvador Dalí. In the 1950s-70s, both Warhol and Dalí were highly visible in the New York art world. This was the period when Warhol was most productive and where he gained the most notoriety.

“Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” explores how Warhol learned from Dalí’s public visibility and was equally attuned to the images derived from mass culture. “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” considers Warhol’s little commented on engagement with other artists through his own painting, how he constructed an approach to the image in terms of celebrity and fame, and finally his treatment of painting and image in terms of human mortality.

The exhibit will include approximately 35 paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of Warhol films, including screen tests. Works are on loan from The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. The Warhol and The Dalí museums are two of the largest and most renowned single-artist cultural destinations in the country.

“Our new exhibit will feature an important selection of works from Andy Warhol, one of the world’s most well-known artists,” announced The Dalí Museum’s Executive Director Dr. Hank Hine. “It’s important for The Dalí to present works from other artists, especially those that relate to Salvador Dalí, to highlight different perspectives while showing their unique connections. Working directly with The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh allowed us to collaborate and select specific works that will show Warhol’s impact on the art scene through his synthesizing of different media.”

The Warhol Museum opened in 1994 in Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol’s birthplace. Seven floors house Warhol’s paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, films and screen tests, as well as books and other archives.

“What is unusual is the mix of materials including archival photographs depicting Warhol in the 1950s. You will see both photos of and by Warhol. There are portraits of dozens of artists and celebrities that Warhol worked with,” explained The Dalí’s Special Exhibitions Curator Dr. William Jeffett. “Visitors will find nine acrylic and silk screen paintings of Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, amongst many other works.”

In addition to the variety of paintings, prints, photography and films, a special film installation provides visitors their “15 minutes of fame.” A simulated Warhol screen-test is set to film visitors as they sit in front of the camera for about a minute. The installation harkens back to the film style Andy Warhol experimented with in his days at The Factory. Visitors will be able to capture, save, and share their “movie” online.

During the three months of the Warhol exhibit, a myriad of educational programs and special events – filtered through the themes of art, fame, and mortality – will allow the community to learn, explore, and be entertained by Warhol’s works and inspirations.

The Dalí

The Dalí Museum, located on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg is home to the world’s most unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art in the world – featuring more than 2,000 works comprised of nearly 100 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures, and objets d’art.

The building is itself a work of art, with a free-form geodesic dome featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels – the only structure of its kind in North America – nicknamed the “Enigma,” it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The museum has attracted the world’s attention and is listed as one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime in AOL Travel News, amongst other distinguished awards.

The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg. For more information, call 727-823-3767 or visit TheDa­li.or­g.

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