Andy Warhol at Tate Modern was published on the 5th of November 2019.
The first large scale retrospective of the artist’s work at Tate Modern for over twenty years, this new Andy Warhol exhibition will take a fresh look at the ground breaking American artist.
Featuring over 100 key works by Warhol, the Tate show will pay particular attention to the subjects of sexuality, religion, migration and death as they appear in the artist’s work.
Warhol was a master at taking the elements of Americana, whether a celebrity photo, a coca cola bottle or a Campbell’s soup can, and transforming each one into a work of art.
A leading proponent of the visual art or pop art movement, Warhol’s work explored the then developing relationship between art and advertising, consumerism and celebrity culture.
The Tate’s new exhibition will showcase the majority of Warhol’s major works, as well as presenting some of the artist’s lesser known pieces. Included in this latter category are Warhol’s series of portraits of ethnic minority drag queen’s, entitled the Ladies and Gentlemen series.
The inclusion of the portraits, which are being shown for the first time in thirty years, represent a real coup for the Tate.
“It is one of Warhol’s biggest series of works but probably the least known,” said Fiontán Moran, co-curator of the Tate show.
Another co-curator, Gregor Muir, described the joy of first discovering the works: “I had heard there might be these paintings in existence and I met the people who own them now and I went to visit them… they were mostly in storage and it was just very beautiful and exciting to… handle them and start to look through each and every work.”
The portraits represent a fascinating snapshot of a group of LGBT+ people at a time when their rights were being systematically denied.
The sitters, who were all recruited from the same New York bar, include such key figures in the Stonewall movement as Marsh Johnson. Johnson would go on to found an important community action group (the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) after the riots.
Other highlights of the new exhibition will include a rarely seen portrait of Debbie Harry and a 10-metre-wide canvas titled Sixty Last Suppers, which is said to be among the artist’s final works.
Andy Warhol at Tate Modern is open from the 27th of July until the 6th of September 2020. For more information about the show, please click here.
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