Saint Louis University

A revealing glimpse into the world of Andy Warhol will be on display as the Saint Louis University Museum of Art hosts Warhol's Polaroids: A Method. The SLUMA exhibit gained national attention when it was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "10 Things We Love This Weekend." The exhibit has been extended through Sunday, June 17.

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, pop icon Andy Warhol is widely known as a painter and filmmaker. The role photography played in his work has been considered secondary until recently, when it became apparent that he used camera as a tool that broadened his visual vocabulary and defined his style.

Relying primarily on his Polaroid "Big Shot," Warhol shot tens of thousands of images and used them in the development process of his prints and paintings. Warhol transferred his experience in commercial art by fully embracing its ethos. Even the name of his studio, "The Factory," illustrates that he was ahead of his time in focusing his art on celebrities and making otherwise ordinary people who craved the spotlight feel famous, if only for "15 minutes."

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art was among a select group of university art institutions that received a gift of Polaroids and black and white photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, specifically, the Photographic Legacy Project.

© 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York