Cult pop art classics meet lesser-known pieces
[Warhol] feels more relevant and influential today than ever. In today’s climate, it feels important to take a more human and more personal look at somebody who was a very familiar artist.
Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern
The outsider who lead the in-crowd in the 60s and 70s, Andy Warhol is the original pop art icon. As provocative as he was pioneering, he redefined the American cultural landscape with his prints of Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup cans. Now over 100 of his images come to London in a major retrospective that celebrates Warhol’s trailblazing talents and experiments with mass media.
The first exhibition of its kind in almost two decades, Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern will bring together world-famous prints with ‘underground’ pieces making their UK debut. So, alongside the inimitable Marilyn Monroe diptych, visitors will have the opportunity to view 25 works from Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection – one of his largest, but lesser-known series.
It’s been 30 years since this portfolio of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women have been on display – yet these striking portraits are as relevant today as they were when created in the 1970s, creating a pertinent piece of social commentary. Recent research has uncovered the fascinating stories of these sitters, including that of Marsha ‘Pay it no mind’ Johnson, a significant Stonewall figurehead.
From reserved to revered
A second-generation immigrant, Andrew Warhola grew up in a religious, working-class household during the Jazz Age and moved to New York aged 21. It was to be the dawn of a new era for the reserved young illustrator turned poster boy, quite literally, for the pop art movement. His ‘studio’, The Factory, became a playground for creatives, celebrities and characters – both prolific art space and hedonistic hangout. It drew the likes of Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.
Now, as this milestone Andy Warhol exhibition in London shows, his fifteen minutes of fame go on and on.
12 March - 6 September 2020
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