FIU Miami Beach Visual Arts Gallery presents Andy Warhol exhibition (includes video story)

An exhibition that displays rare portraits and images of pop art icon Andy Warhol during his personal travels to China in 1982 opened last week at Florida International University’s Miami Beach Visual Arts Gallery.

“Warhol in China – 40 Years After” is the name of this exhibition, and it presents 18 exclusive works from Warhol’s trip to China.

The images were captured by Warhol’s friend and acclaimed photographer Christopher Makos.

Some of the works are available for sale. Proceeds will support FIU student scholarships.

Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who became a leading artist of the 1960s op art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing.

He blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics before dying on February 22, 1987, in New York City.

The exhibition is organized by Florida International University’s School of Communication, Architecture and the Arts in association with curator Christopher Makos. It is sponsored and presented by Lee Caplin, founder of FIU’s Lee Caplin Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR) and a documentarian who directed and produced the film, “Andy Warhol: Made in China.”

The exhibition, which is open to the public, will continue through December 11, 2021.

Liannys Polanco is a senior FIU student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Communication/Broadcasting. She obtained an associates degree in mass communications/journalism at Miami Dade college back in 2015. In college, she was able to study abroad in Spain, France, Greece and Italy. The mix of those cultures made a huge impact on her life.