Mu­seum will bring Dali, Warhol to­gether again

The Washington Times Daily - - Auto - BY TA­MARA LUSH AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dali and Andy Warhol: One was a sur­re­al­ist from Spain, the other a pop artist from Pitts­burgh.

They were among the most fa­mous artists of the 20th cen­tury, and next year, their works will be on ex­hibit in ad­join­ing gal­leries at a mu­seum in Florida.

The Sal­vador Dali Mu­seum in St. Peters­burg an­nounced Thurs­day that “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mor­tal­ity.” will open at the mu­seum Jan. 18.

The ex­hibit will in­clude 35 of Warhol’s paint­ings, 20 draw­ings, 50 photographs and a se­lec­tion of films. The works are on loan from the Warhol Mu­seum in Pitts­burgh, where Warhol was born and raised be­fore mov­ing to New York City.

Warhol’s silk-screened self-por­trait in red and a vi­brant blue silk-screen of Jac­que­line Kennedy Onas­sis will be among the works on dis­play.

“Warhol had a sim­i­lar sen­si­bil­ity to Dali,” said the mu­seum’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Hank Hine. “Both ref­er­enced fame and mass cul­ture.”

De­spite their dif­fer­ent back­grounds, Dali and Warhol had a lot in com­mon and hung out to­gether in the 1960s, Mr. Hine said.

Both had sig­na­ture looks — Warhol with his shock of white hair, Dali with his flam­boy­ant mus­tache — and both artists wanted to shock the pub­lic and ex­plore the mean­ing and lim­its of fame. Dali was a gen­er­a­tion older — born in 1904 — than Warhol, who was born in 1928, but both cap­ti­vated the pub­lic with their at­ten­tion-get­ting and some­times con­tro­ver­sial works of art.

Warhol of­ten vis­ited Dali when Dali stayed in a suite at the St. Regis Ho­tel in New York (one story goes that Dali tied Warhol to a spin­ning board and splat­tered paint over him). Warhol also made one of his fa­mous “screen tests” of Dali — th­ese short films were of a sin­gle per­son who wasn’t al­lowed to move, against a plain back­ground.

Dali ig­nored Warhol’s in­struc­tion to sit still and left the frame.

“Both show­men, Warhol and Dali shared a mu­tual cu­rios­ity, but one could not take a back seat to the other for the sake of art,” Anne Morra, as­so­ci­ate cu­ra­tor at the Depart­ment of Film at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York, wrote for the mu­seum’s blog in 2011. “Warhol and Dali were in­deed kin­dred spir­its, what we’d prob­a­bly call BFFs to­day; sassy, shal­low, ego-driven, celebrity ob­sessed, and fond of ready­mades and dis­pos­abil­ity.”

Warhol’s work will be dis­played in the Dali mu­seum’s 5,000-square-foot gallery for tem­po­rary ex­hibits. Across the hall­way is the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent wing of Dali works.

The Warhol show will have a mock “Warhol Screen Test” where visi­tors can sit in front of a cam­era and send their “tests” to so­cial me­dia.

Dali had no con­nec­tion to St. Peters­burg, and the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion of 100 of his works ended up there al­most by ac­ci­dent. The pieces were ac­quired by A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse of Ohio, much to the sur­prise of their staid Mid­west­ern friends and fam­ily, be­gin­ning with their first Dali pur­chase in 1942, a paint­ing ti­tled “Daddy Lon­glegs of the Evening-Hope!”

The cou­ple be­came so en­am­ored of Dali and his style that they even­tu­ally be­friended the artist and his wife, Gala. Later, they started look­ing for a home for the col­lec­tion. A. Reynolds Morse was will­ing to do­nate the works to any venue that would keep them to­gether, and a St. Peters­burg lawyer, Jim Martin, who read about the col­lec­tion in a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle, sug­gested St. Pete.

ANDY WARHOL FOUN­DA­TION FOR THE VIS­UAL ARTS VIA AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Andy Warhol’s fa­mous self-por­trait and his im­age of Jac­que­line Kennedy Onas­sis will be among the works on dis­play at the Sal­vador Dali Mu­seum in St. Peters­burg, Fla. Works of the pop artist will ad­join those of his sur­re­al­ist friend in an ex­hibit that opens Jan. 18.

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