Andy Warhol enthusiasts rejoice! – March 2020 sees the launch of a spectacular new exhibition dedicated to the iconic American artist. The first Warhol-devoted showcase to take place at the Tate for almost two decades, visitors will journey through a Warhol-esque world, exploring the pop-art pieces which made him famous and signified a shift in 20th Century culture, as well as the deeper and more intricate aspects of the prominent artist’s life and later works.
Located within the Tate’s Eyal Ofer Galleries, the exhibition will feature over 100 of the artist’s works, from the quintessential and culturally significant paintings of Coca-Cola and Marilyn Monroe, to his entrancing Silver Clouds installation in 1966, in which he gesticulated his retirement from the world of painting and ambition to enter into the film sphere.
Whilst exhibiting Warhol’s renowned pop-art pieces, from Elvis I and II 1963/1964 and Race Riot 1964, which commented on and questioned American politics and culture, the show will also explore his colourful paint works, showcasing the largest ever collection of the 1975 Ladies and Gentlemen series – representing the New York transgender community – that the UK has ever seen. Though his meaningful artworks had a significant effect on society, this exhibition also offers insight into the man himself, drawing on the themes of desire, identity and belief which permeated both the artist’s works and biography.
Another theme represented in the exhibition is Warhol’s sexuality, in which a series of expressive male-inspired early line drawings from the 1950s will be shown in tandem with the artist’s revealing ‘anti-film’ Sleep 1963 which centred around his poet lover, John Giorno.
Visitors will also be invited to explore Warhol’s affecting works from the 80s in connection to his premature death and the distressing outbreak of HIV/AIDS which swept over the city of New York at that time. Works showcased from this era include Sixty Last Suppers 1986, a moving piece conveying themes of religion and loss, produced just a year before he died.
The Andy Warhol retrospective is now available to view for free via an online tour, available to access from 6th April via the gallery website.
12 March – 6 September 2020
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
From £22 for standard entry, tate.org.uk