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Bangor, Maine – The University of Maine Museum of Art is pleased to present three new exhibitions beginning October 11: Celebrities & Socialites: Photographs by Andy Warhol, Angelo Ippolito, and Reclaimed: Works by Mildred Johnson & David McLaughlin
CELEBRITIES & SOCIALITES: Photographs by Andy Warhol
Beginning in the 1970s and continuing into the 1980s, Andy Warhol created thousands of photographs and Polaroids which often served as a basis for his silk-screens and drawings. Warhol, the foremost figure of American Pop Art, is best known for his images of consumer products such as Campbell’s Soup, Brillo Pads and for silk-screen portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
Celebrities and Socialites provides a glimpse into Warhol’s lesser known body of work and sheds new light on the importance of photography in the artist’s creative process. The exhibit features Polaroids of actress Farrah Fawcett, veteran golfer Jack Nicklaus, Margaret Hamilton costumed as the Wicked Witch and Ric Ocasek, front-man for the 80s band The Cars. Individuals who posed for Warhol ranged from the rich and famous to the little-known. UMMA is one of the fortunate institutions to receive a group of these rarely-seen photographs through the generosity of the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Angelo Ippolito charted his own individual path as an artist and defied categorization throughout his career. His works ranged from lyrical, gestural abstractions to hard-edged compositions and from the non-objective to the representational. Ippolito, an important figure in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, was instrumental in opening the Tanager Gallery in New York City.
Many of Ippolito’s works were inspired by the landscape. The artist’s childhood memories of Italian hill towns and later of Midwestern farmlands, observed while teaching at Michigan State University, inform these abstract compositions.The diversity of works featured in this exhibition demonstrate Ippolito’s idiosyncratic approach to art and his ability to seamlessly explore a wide range of styles.
RECLAIMED: Works by Mildred Johnson & David McLaughlin
Like Pablo Picasso, who united a found bicycle seat and handlebars to create his symbolic bull’s head, Mildred Johnson and David McLaughlin transform old castoffs into an array of captivating wall assemblages and free-standing sculptures. These rustic constructions evoke a sense of nostalgia–an exploration of the unique qualities of articles from the past.
In Johnson’s wall constructions found objects such as old washboards, antique letters and metal tools are carefully juxtaposed to create compositions that blend the folksy with the contemporary. McLaughlin’s large scale construction Portable Sphere, created specifically for this exhibition, consists of welded rusted metal rings fashioned into a spherical form that sits atop a pair of antique wheels.
Mildred Johnson maintains a studio in Brunswick, ME. David McLaughlin lives and works in Liberty, ME.