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Warhol portrait finally makes way to Rose Art Museum

Published: November 17, 2006
Section: News

For the first time on Brandeis University campus, Andy Warhols Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980) will be exhibited in its entirety. The Feldman familys donation of the 40 x 40 inch Louis Brandeis painting to the Rose Art Museum in honor of Brandeiss birthday completes the Roses collection.

Before Monday, the painting had not been publicly viewed for twenty-six years. The painting series was originally exhibited at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1980 but has been housed in the Feldman familys storage for the past twenty-six years. The newly acquired acrylic and silkscreen enamel portrait was formally unveiled on the balcony of the Shapiro Campus Center at the Brandeis birthday celebration on Monday evening.

Since its unveiling the painting has been on display in the Faculty Club.

Michael Rush, director of Brandeis's Rose Art Museum, said that although Warhol gained fame by painting pop icons, the style Warhol used for Brandeis, elevated people like Brandeis to pop icon status.”

Ronald Feldman, a New York gallery owner and Warhol friend, was one of the first to urge Warhol to move from painting pop icons into the cultural and political sphere.

Other featured subjects of these paintings were Sarah Bernhardt, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka and Gertrude Stein.

The portrait will be included in a four-month exhibit that will begin after the New Year, and then the university will seek a permanent spot for the painting.

“As a family, we felt that Brandeis was the place where this important Warhol painting of Louis Brandeis belonged,” Mark Feldman, one of the gallerists three sons said in a written statement to the Boston Globe. “We are extremely pleased to celebrate the 150th birthday of one of America's great legal scholars with this gift to Brandeis University. We hope the students, faculty and university visitors will enjoy the painting as much as we have.”