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Tate brings over 100 works to London that trace the entire career of Andy Warhol (1928, Pittsburgh - 1987, New York City), staged from today, March 12, to September 6, in the Eyal Ofer Galleries, on the third floor of the wing east of the Tate Modern.

The "Andy Warhol" exhibition is organized by Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig in Cologne, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Dallas Museum of Art. The show It's curated by Gregor Muir, director of the international art collection and Fiontán Moran, assistant curator in Tate Modern; by Yilmaz Dziewior and Stephan Diederich, respectively director and curator of the twentieth-century art collection of the Ludwig Museum in Cologne.

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"This important new exhibition at Tate Modern - the first that the London museum has dedicated to the American artist in nearly 20 years - will open to the public on March 12, by offering visitors a rare personal insight into how Warhol and his work marked a period of cultural transformation. Drawing also on recent knowledge, it will be a way of seeing this American icon under a new lens ", reads the press release. Andy Warhol (1928-1987) has become one of the most recognizable artists of the late twentieth century, yet his life and work continue to fascinate and to be always interpreted in a new way. A shy, homosexual man belonging to a religious, migrant, low-income family, Warhol forged a defined path that made him become the epitome of the Pop Art movement.

 

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Ladies and Gentlemen (Alphanso Panell) 1975, Acrylic paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 813 x 660 mm,
Italian private collection, © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London

 

"With over 100 works, covering his entire extraordinary career, the exhibition sheds light on how Warhol's experiences have shaped his unique vision of twentieth-century culture, positioning it in the changing creative and political landscape in which he has operated. Recognized for the iconic depictions of Coca-Cola and Marilyn Monroe bottles, a mirror of American culture, this exhibition also emphasizes the recurring themes of desire, identity and beliefs that emerge from his biography. It also shows how this innovative artist has reinvented the way art should be in an era of immense social, political and technological changes, "explained Tate. Visitors will be able to experience the "floating" Silver Clouds installation from 1966, initially designed by Warhol to mark his "withdrawal" from painting in favour of cinema.

 

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Ladies and Gentlemen (Wilhelmina Ross) 1975, Acrylic paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1270 x 1016 mm,
Italian private collection, © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London

 

The American artist once said that "good deals are the best art": the exhibition examines how Warhol's forays into publishing and television, as well as his interest in night club culture, can be seen as an attempt to ferry the stars of the underground scene into the mainstream, " said the organization"After the episode of the attack suffered by Valerie Solanas in 1968, Warhol returned to large-scale painting projects and the exhibition highlights his ability as a painter and colorist. One room is dedicated to the largest group in its 1975 Ladies and Gentlemen series, which has never appeared in the UK. These extraordinary portraits depict figures from the New York transgender community, including the iconic performer and activist, Marsha 'Pay it no mind' Johnson - a prominent figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Works from the late 1980s, such as the moving Sixty Last Suppers 1986 - on display for the first time in the UK - are taken into account in reference to the artist's untimely death and the growing HIV / AIDS epidemic and of the impact, this has had on the lives of many of the members of its restricted circle. "
 

Cover image: Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Debbie Harry 1980, Private Collection of Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport 1961, © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London

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