The piece itself is one of Warhol's most elaborate and abstract works—not to mention his largest—mixing photography, film, screenprinting and painting in a series of canvases that all make up the complete Shadows.
"Shadows is a Warholian tour de force, an unexpected culmination of many of the experiments that Warhol pursued throughout his career, from his first explorations of photography in the 1950s, to his engagement with light, shadow, and abstraction in the 1970s," said Donna DeSalvo, Senior Curator and Deputy Director for International Initiatives at The Whitney.
"This exhibition marks the first time in twenty years that visitors will be able to experience the work in New York City, where it made its debut," added Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg Director, Jessica Morgan.
Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978–79. Installation view, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York, 2003–11. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York.
As part of the series, DeSalvo will host a discussion about the piece and its place within Warhol's extensive catalogue. Other events include a panel discussion led by Morgan that focuses on Warhol's magazine, Interview, and the role it played in his career, as well as a lecture by Lyle Ashton Harris as part of Dia's ongoing Artists on Artists Lecture series launched in 2001.
Throughout his life, Warhol made an undeniable impact on popular culture—the lengths of which we still see today. For the last few seasons, Calvin Klein Creative Director Raf Simons has been teaming up with The Andy Warhol Foundation on various collections featuring his work. Considering the new exhibition, maybe Shadows will be next.
Lead image: Andy Warhol with Shadows (1978–79) at Heiner Friedrich Gallery, 393 West Broadway, New York, in 1979. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Arthur Tess. All photos courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.