RAID THE ICEBOX 1 by Andy Warhol. Rhode Island, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1970, First Edition, 23 x 18cm. Perfect binding, 104pp, b/w and colour illustrations, mint in paper wraps with a wrap-around image of a museum assistant holding a large picture for viewing.
This is an important exhibition selected by Warhol from the storage vaults of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Warhol subverted the concept of the museum as a construction of quality, and selected items from the storage which had never been viewed before, having been considered mediocre, copies, or damaged. This project was the idea of Dominique de Menil, director of the museum, who writes in her introduction ‘For what is beautiful to the artist, becomes beautiful. What is poetical to the poet, becomes poetical. So let’s visit museums with poets and artists.’ De Menil invited Warhol as a Pop artist to ‘re-look at the collection,’ resulting in what is still one of the most interesting experiments in museumology. David Bourdon records in detail the process of making and installing the show. Four hundred and four items are fully catalogued, including the collection of shoes which were shown in their storage cupboard.
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