Andy Warhol The Flower Paintings New Exhibition
A New York Gallery is to present a comprehensive survey of Andy Warhol's Flowers paintings from 1964 and 1965. The exhibition will feature around 50 works, as gallery Director Kristy Bryce explains, “This show will bring together prime examples of Warhol’s Flowers in a variety of media to explore the series in a depth not previously addressed in an exhibition format.”
Warhol began work on his Flowers series in the summer of 1964, soon deciding that it would be the focus for his first show with Leo Castelli in the fall of that year. For the Castelli show, he worked on 48- and 24-inch square canvases. For his following show, at the Sonnabend Gallery in Paris in the spring of 1965, he included additional sizes – 14-, 8-, and 5-inch squares. The square format allowed Warhol complete freedom with orientation. For the first time, his works had no fixed upright, allowing the Flowers to be installed in a variety of ways. Another unique aspect to this series is the different techniques and media he explored, including silkscreen, pencil, hand painted acrylics, and fluorescent Day-Glo paint. Eykyn Maclean will include examples of each of these sizes and techniques to better trace the nuances of development within this important series. Also included will be the only surviving banner (a Flowers painting on red fabric) that Warhol made for the 1965 opening of New York City's Peace Eye Bookstore.
A hard cover catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition, with a newly commissioned essay by art historian Michael Lobel.
Eykyn Maclean is a private art gallery with locations in New York and London, specializing in museum caliber work by key Impressionist and 20th century European and American artists. Christopher Eykyn and Nicholas Maclean established Eykyn Maclean in New York in 2006, launching their exhibition program in 2010 with the critically acclaimed show In Giacometti’s Studio – An Intimate Portrait, which was followed by Matisse and the Model (2011). Eykyn Maclean opened their London gallery in Mayfair in February 2012 with Cy Twombly: Works from the Sonnabend Collection, which was followed by Interviews with Artists in June 2012.