Warhol’s Jewish Portraits to Re-Open at the Jewish Museum March 16

March 15th, 2008

Warhol’s portraits installed via c-monster

This weekend the Jewish Museum in New York will open Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered. When Warhol completed the series in 1980 — which he referred to as his “Jewish Geniuses”- it raised many eyebrows. This exhibit considers not only how and why Warhol made the works, but how the broad cultural concept of “Jewishness” has evolved in the past 25+ years.

Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered [Jewish Museum]
Andy Warhol Biography [warholfoundation.org]
Remounting a Controversy [New York Sun]
Reaction then and now [c-monster]
Jewish for Fifteen Minutes [New York Post]

Andy Warhol via The New York Observer

This new exhibit will feature the original paintings as well as the source photographs, silkscreen prints, preliminary drawings, and video coverage of Warhol attending the 1980 Miami opening of the portrait show.

via artknowledgenews

Portrait of Gertrude Stein via warholprints.com

The concept arose when an Israeli collector, who wanted Warhol to do a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the manner of the famous one he did of Marilyn Monroe, tried to pitch the idea to Warhol and his business manager. The gallerist Ronald Feldman, whom Warhol often trusted for ideas, compiled a list of famous Jewish luminaries and thinkers, from which Warhol picked ten.

via artknowledgenews

The final list included Gertrude Stein, Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, Golda Meir, and the Marx Brothers.

The Marx Brothers via warholprints.com