Fifty years ago, during the summer of 1964, Andy Warhol began working on silkscreen paintings of Flowers, a subject that would preoccupy him for the rest of his life. Best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture, Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist.
Vivien Fryd, professor of history of art at Vanderbilt University, will lecture at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art on Thursday, July 17, at noon. Her lecture, entitled “Decoding Andy Warhol: Lifestyle and Art,” is part of the Lunch and Lecture series and will be held in the Potter Room of Botanic Hall (also known as the Visitor Center).
Fryd will look at Warhol’s background and examine his closeted sexuality and how it is both absent and present in such subjects as his flowers and comics. Her lecture is coordinated with a current exhibit at Cheekwood, Andy Warhol’s Flowers, on display now through September 7. A guided tour of Andy Warhol’s Flowers will follow the lecture.
This exhibition traces Warhol’s engagement with floral images throughout his career, beginning with a group of his earliest commercial illustrations, drawn in the 1950s, and his creation of the Flowers series in 1964, to photographs, paintings, and screen prints through 1986 before his untimely death the following year.