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Andy Warhol Toronto
The Andy Warhol exhibition in Toronto coming in 2021 is a blockbuster retrospective charts the artist’s unique take on popular culture and his rise to fame.
Organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and Dallas Museum of Art, Andy Warhol spans four decades of his career, including his early drawings, iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, experimental films, the floating Silver Clouds (1966), and the large-scale canvas Christ $9.98 (positive) (1986) from Munich’s Museum Brandhorst.
The AGO’s installation of Andy Warhol will be overseen by Kenneth Brummel, Associate Curator of Modern Art. “Warhol came into the art world from the outside,” says Brummel. “And while his Pop works of the 1960s are the most famous, Warhol’s engagement with issues of identity, belief and desire in the 50s, 70s and 80s is as relevant and contemporary now as it was in the late twentieth century.”Andy Warhol features loans from museums and private collections in Europe and North America.
One important theme of the exhibition is Warhol’s sexuality. Foregrounding a selection of early male nudes the artist drew in the 1950s, the exhibition will also include Sleep, a 1963 film that stars his lover, the poet John Giorno, and his 1975 series of paintings Ladies and Gentleman, which memorializes members of New York City’s transgender community.Key works from Warhol’s Pop period include Marilyn Diptych (1962) from Tate Modern, 100 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) from Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and the AGO’s Elvis I and II (1963/4).
Increasingly drawn to counterculture and the underground, Warhol also blurred the boundaries between the arts throughout his career, experimenting with multimedia, music, live performance and publishing. Combining film projections, strobe lighting, audience participation and the sounds of experimental rock group The Velvet Underground, Warhol’s psychedelic multimedia environment Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966) will be restaged in the exhibition, as will an installation of his floating metallic pillows entitled Silver Clouds.