Andy Warhol & Photography: A Social Media
exclusive to AGSA for 2023 Adelaide Festival
3 March – 14 May 2023
“A good picture is … of a famous person doing something unfamous. It’s about being in the right place at the wrong time” – Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol & Photography: A Social Media reveals an unseen side of celebrated Pop artist Andy Warhol through his career-long obsession with photography. Whether he was behind or in front of the camera, photography formed an essential part of his artistic practice while also capturing an insider’s view of his celebrity social world.
Exclusive to AGSA, this exhibition features photographs, experimental films and paintings by Warhol, including his famed Pop Art portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley from the 1960s. It also contains works by his photographic collaborators and creative contemporaries such as Christopher Makos, Gerard Malanga, Robert Mapplethorpe, David McCabe, and Duane Michals.
Decades before social media, Warhol’s photography was candid, collaborative and social, attuned to the power of the image to shape his public persona and self-identity. Many of his photographs from the 1970s and 1980s offer behind-the-scenes glimpses into his own life and the lives of friends and celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Lou Reed and Elizabeth Taylor. This exhibition asks the question, was Warhol the original influencer?
Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution
24 June – 17 September 2023
Iconic works by two of the most influential and loved artists of the twentieth century – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – feature in this Australian exclusive exhibition, alongside works by key Mexican contemporaries.
Love, passion and politics lie at the heart of Frida & Diego. The couple, radical in their art and politics, were at the forefront of the artistic and cultural avant-garde in post-revolution Mexico from the 1920s to the 1950s. Today they are worshipped globally for their fusion of traditional Mexican folk art and international modernism.
Featuring more than 150 works, including paintings, works on paper, photographs and period clothing, this major exhibition from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection positions Kahlo and Rivera within the broader context of Mexican Modernism. It also includes works by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, David Alfaro Siqueiros and others.
Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution introduces Australian audiences to the intimate everyday stories of life and love as well as the grand narratives surrounding the political, social and cultural identity of Mexico and its peoples over the twentieth century.
Bewilderness: Recent acquisitions
until 16 April 2023
In the story of Australian art, landscape has held more territory than most. Landscape is geography, history and nationhood entwined. It is an open space for dreams and arcadian desires, a domain for validating colonial ambition and a potential site for reconciliation.
Showcasing recent acquisitions in painting, printmaking and sculpture, this exhibition considers landscape as a form of representation deeply embedded in questions of identity and belonging.
The Nature of Culture
until 16 April 2023
The Nature of Culture presents recent acquisitions from the Gallery’s collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. This selection of paintings, sculpture and woven works showcases the diversity of materiality and making across regions throughout Australia. It also reflects the creative dynamism that springs from cultural connections to Country.
The Nature of Culture complements Bewilderness: Recent acquisitions, an exhibition in the adjoining galleries, which draws on recent acquisitions across all collecting areas to examine our physical and psychological experiences of place.
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide