Warhol Lecture Series—Nothing in Between: Warhol’s Drawing Practice in the Early 1960s and 1970s

Neil Printz


After a decade in which he made virtually no drawings, Andy Warhol suddenly began to draw again in late 1972. This extraordinary break in Warhol’s studio practice immediately confronts us with two questions: why did Warhol stop drawing in 1962? And why did he start again ten years later? In the first of a series of lectures presented in association with the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, Neil Printz touches on both, with particular emphasis on Warhol’s return to drawing in the 1970s.

Neil Printz has served as the editor of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings, a scholarly project sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York since 1993. He is currently preparing the manuscript for Volume 6: Paintings 1978-1980 and working on a companion volume that will be dedicated to Warhol’s drawings of 1970s. As a research curator at the Menil Collection in Houston, he co-organized two exhibitions of Warhol’s work with the legendary curator Walter Hopps: Warhol Shadows in 1987 and Andy Warhol: Death and Disaster in 1988.  Between 1999 and 2004, he initiated work on a catalogue raisonné of the sculpture, design, and drawings of the Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, sponsored by the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, New York.

Presented in association with the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, this lecture series will highlight various aspects of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career.

This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Andy Warhol. Feet with Sea Shells, 1960. Ballpoint pen on paper, 17 x 13 7/8 inches. The Art Institute of Chicago, Muriel Newman Fund. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.