Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument was organized by Public Art Fund and was originally on view in Union Square, New York, March 30, 2011 – September 4, 2012; the exhibition was curated by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) would like to showcase The Andy Monument at a new location - on our front lawn at the corner of Montrose and Bissonnet in the heart of the Museum District in Houston, TX. Andy Warhol was (is) an icon of pop culture, art and innovation. Rob Pruitt, a contemporary artist inspired by Warhol, created The Andy Monument as a tribute to the late artist. The sculpture is based on a combination of digital scanning of a live model and hand sculpting. Its surface is finished in chrome and the seven-foot-tall figure stands a top a concrete pedestal. It depicts Warhol as a ghostly, silver presence: a potent cultural force as both artist and self-created myth.
What We Need & What You Get
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) encourages public engagement and exists to be a leading destination to experience innovative art. CAMH is a non-collecting institution and bringing this monument all the way from NYC to Houston is not cheap. Here’s a break down of the estimated costs:
- Loan fee for Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument from Public Art Fund - $12,000
- Crating - $2,000
- Delivery – $3,500
- Return shipping – $3,500
- Installation – $5,800
- Crate storage - $1,000
- De-installation – $1000
- Care and maintenance – $1,200
- Insurance policy – $2,000
- Your picture with Andy – priceless!
Total estimated costs: $32,000!
This is why we reach out to YOU to help fund this project and bring Andy to Houston. If everyone who visits The Andy Monument on CAMH’s lawn gives even a $10 donation, we can fund this project.
What you get:
- Help Houstonians and visitors from around the world meet the father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. Be a part of history.
- When Andy arrives, take your photo with The Andy Monument.
- A printed commemorative sticker for your contribution – to be used however you wish.
- Invitation to The Andy Monument ribbon cutting ceremony at CAMH and a free drink ticket at the event.
- A one-year CAMH $75 Individual membership (for a list of membership benefits, click here.)
- A one-year CAMH $100 Household membership (for a list of membership benefits, click here.)
- A one-year CAMH $250 Friend membership (for a list of membership benefits, click here.)
- An exhibition tour with Valerie Cassel Oliver, CAMH’s Senior Curator.
- Dinner with CAMH’s Director, Bill Arning, an art world rock star in his own right!
- CAMH is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization, so all contributions are tax deductible.
Who was Andy Warhol?
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist and is considered the quintessential Pop Artist celebrating fame, wealth and glamour and in so doing changed the course of both popular culture and art history - inspiring most artists who have risen to fame in the past 30 years in significant ways. In his larger-than-life persona, Warhol remains one of New York's enduring icons. Today his iconic images of the Campbell Soup Can, Elvis or Marilyn are so ubiquitous they appear safe, but it's not hard to remember how strange and downright dangerous these were when they were first hung in museums.
Who are we?
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art.
Our mission: CAMH is a leading destination to experience innovative art. CAMH actively encourages public engagement with its exhibitions through its educational programs, publications, and online presences.
Our motto: ALWAYS FRESH, ALWAYS FREE
Other Ways You Can Help
- Spread the word! Tell your friends, family - even strangers about bringing Andy to Houston.
- Make sure you and your friends come visit Andy when he arrives and take your photo with The Andy Monument.
- Post your photos with Andy to CAMH’s Facebook page, twitter page, or geotag and tag us through instagram at #camh.
- Visit CAMH – we are ALWAYS FREE!
CAMH AND HOUSTON THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS PROJECT! (We’d like to think Andy would thank you, too.)
We want to thank our friends at Public Art Fund for their wonderful support.
Rob Pruitt: The Andy Monument was organized by Public Art Fund, New York.