Can’t get enough Warhol?

If you haven’t made it to the Whitney yet to get your Warhol fix – but have been promising yourself you’d go since November – now you don’t have to walk as far. The New York Academy of Art at 111 Franklin Street has “Andy Warhol: By Hand” opening today and up through March 10 with 150 drawings from the ‘50s to the ‘80s, many of which have never been shown in the US. (Warhol died in 1987 at age 58 after surgery.) Opening reception is Tuesday night, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8p.

From curator Vincent Fremont, “It is important for people to know the vital role drawing played in Andy Warhol’s life as an artist. By focusing only on Andy’s drawings, this exhibition is a way to highlight without distraction Andy’s innovative process and experimentation which encompassed pen and ink, ballpoint pen, blotted line, graphite, and acrylic paint.”

There’s a connection here: the academy was founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, Warhol among them. It now has a graduate school that offers an MFA in figurative art, a continuing education program, a figurative art library, lecture series and events such as Take Home a Nude (best fundraiser name ever) and Tribeca Ball. There’s also a woodshop, a kiln, a sculpture floor and printmaking facilities in there. More background on the academy from a 2017 story in the Times here.

PS: the Whitney show ends March 31.



  1. Hi, the show opens tomorrow night (January 22), not tonight! The building is closed today for the holiday — please join us TOMORROW NIGHT from 6-8 pm.