Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Andy Warhol - The Marx Brothers from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, 1980 - Synthetic polymer paint & silk-screen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 in. - © 2008 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, NY/ - Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts 

San Francisco, CA –  Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered will be on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum from October 12, 2008 through January 25, 2009. The series depicts ten luminaries of Jewish culture: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein. This exhibition will be the first showing on the West Coast of a complete set of paintings that Warhol made in this series. Also on view are an edition of the final-silk-screen print portfolio, the photographs that Warhol used as source images, several preliminary sketches, and a preparatory collage. The drawings and source photographs have not previously been exhibited alongside the finished pictures.