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World renowned artist featured at LAM

The LaGrange Art Museum will feature eight silkscreen works by world-renowned artist Andy Warhol for the next year.

LaGrange Art Museum Executive Director Laura Jennings said that a local couple is loaning the works to the art museum to be put on display while they build a house. 

“I would say that almost every American knows who Andy Warhol is when you say the name,” Jennings said. “There are so many other artists who are well known, you could say their name and they don’t know them. Picasso and Warhol are two that seem to be in the art vocabulary of most people.”

Warhol’s name is synonymous with pop art, a visual art movement started in the mid-1950s and 1960s.

The Cowboy and Indian series is featured in the museum’s exhibition. In 1986, a year before Warhol’s death, he created this body of work. Featured at the museum are the silkscreen prints of Geronimo, John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Indian Head Nickel, Kachina Dolls, Plains Indian Shield, Northwest Coast Mask and Mother and Child.

“LaGrange has several Warhol collectors, which is really atypical for a small town,” Jennings said.

She said Warhol collectors began gaining movement in LaGrange approximately 40 years ago.

“I think it all stems from Wes Cochran’s uncle,” Jennings said. “He was an art collector and art dealer. He inspired Wes to start collecting Warhol, and then he and Wes inspired others in the area to collect.”

A Pittsburgh native, Warhol was not only an artist but a film director and producer.

“Everyone thinks Campbell Soup cans when they hear Warhol,” Jennings said. “There was so much more to this artist. This is a rare treat to have Warhols on display here even though LaGrange is home to several Warhol collectors.”

Looking Male, a photography exhibition curated from the Do Good Fund in Columbus, Georgia, is also on display and runs through April 3.

The Warhol exhibition will be displayed until March 2022. The museum is located at 112 Lafayette Parkway and its hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and donations are encouraged.

For more information about the LaGrange Art Museum or the exhibit, go to www.lagrangeartmuseum.org.