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An incredible trove of Andy Warhol's photographic contact sheets is going on display in California

A new exhibition of photographs by Andy Warhol that have never before been displayed publicly before is due to go on display in California. ‘Contact Warhol: Photography Without End’ draws on a trove of over 130,000 photographic exposures acquired from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014. It will open at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University on 29 September 2018.

Andy Warhol photographed in 1968 at the factory at 33 Union Square West. Image: by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Warhol was an artist and photographer who died unexpectedly in 1987 of cardiac arrhythmia, and the exhibition brings his interactions with the social and celebrity elite of his time to life. It includes portraits of music stars such as Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Harry, John Lennon and Dolly Parton, and political figures like Nancy Reagan, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Andy Warhol photo shoot with Liza Minnelli and Victor Hugo and John Lennon. Image: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The collection of 3600 contact sheets and corresponding negatives that Warhol shot on his Minox 35EL camera represents the complete range of his black-and-white photography practice from 1976 until his unexpected death. The exhibition has been curated by Stanford professors, Richard Meyer and Peggy Phelan, and it includes some images that may not be appropriate for young viewers.

Photo shoot with Andy Warhol. Image: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The works on display retain the trace of the artist’s hand on the contact sheets, with marks indicating the images he wanted printed. Visitors will be able to zoom in on contact sheets and create virtual prints through an interactive touchscreen display. A digital online database will be launched concurrently with the exhibition that will make the collection available to the public.

Liza Minnelli, 1979. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen. Image: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Contact Warhol: Photography Without End runs from 29 September 2018 to 6 January 2019, at the Cantor Arts Center. Admission is free and further information is available here.