Anthony d’Offay returns to Sheffield

Apr 11 2012

Andy Warhol: Late Self-Portraits opened today and it’s been great fun putting the finishing touches to it. The exhibition has been co-curated by the art collector Anthony d’Offay, who paid his birthplace of Sheffield a visit last week. In 2008 Anthony donated hundreds of his own works, including many Warhols, to the nation. This collection is known as ARTIST ROOMS and is managed by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. Artworks from it are lent to national and regional museums and galleries with the opportunity of receiving funding to attract young audiences. This was an incredibly generous thing to do and really makes d’Offay one of the ‘good guys’.

During his visit, Anthony helped us finalise the layout of the pictures before they were hung, and met with some of the University students who have been helping out with the exhibition. It’s been amazing working with someone who has first hand knowledge of some of the most influential artists of the last 50 years. Anthony was a friend of Warhol, first meeting him in Andy's studio ‘The Factory’ in the 1970’s. Like many, Anthony describes Andy as a shy man who was eager to hear other people’s ideas but was less forthcoming about himself. It was during one of these meetings in New York that Andy gave Anthony the invitation to curate an exhibition of his work. It wasn’t until years later that the idea of a self-portrait show came to him, but the project was finally realised in 1986 when the exhibition – containing many works from this show - opened at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery in London.

Andy Warhol: Late Self-Portraits in some ways revives what Anthony achieved in 1986. More than a quarter of a century later, these images are still just as powerful, still asking us the question: who was the real Andy?


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