Andy Warhol's officially in town . . . and he's ready to party.
After launching a unique crowdfunding campaign to bring a piece of NYC history to the Bayou City, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is proud to announce the arrival of Rob Pruitt's Andy Monument — a life-sized silver-toned replica of the artist who forever changed the way we see American culture.
"This piece graced the spot outside of the old Warhol Factory in Union Square in New York," said Arning. "It was so popular with area residents that its tenure there was extended twice. "
On Saturday, following a special 2 p.m. talk on the project at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, the CAMH officially unveils Andy to the Houston public. In attendance will be both the artist and society-scene legend Lynn Wyatt, who sat for her own Warhol portrait in the early 1980s.
"This piece graced the spot outside of the old Warhol Factory in Union Square in New York, and it was so popular with area residents that its tenure there was extended twice," explained CAMH director Bill Arning in a statement released Friday.
"As a young teenager I found in the persona of Andy Warhol license to be the person I wanted to be, and I think that experience is common for many people who learned to love art via Warhol," he continued. "They will now have a suitable pilgrimage site in Houston."
While only $5,300 of the $32,000 project was raised through the Internet campaign, CAMH spokesperson Connie McAllister told CultureMap that the museum is over the moon about its fundraising experiment through Indigogo.com.
"We secured a number of additional donations from people who'd heard about the fundraiser, but wanted to contribute anonymously," she said. "While the anonymous contributions didn't end up on Indigogo, we ultimately funded about a third of the Andy Monument through the campaign."
The remaining funds, she explained, were drawn from other generous CAMH supporters as well as from the museum budget.
The Andy Monument welcome ceremony runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the CAMH. The piece itself will be unveiled at 7:30 p.m.