ARTS AND CULTURE
Where to Find Andy Warhol This Fall
As TIFF launches a major exhibition dedicated to the pop artist’s fascination with celebrity, we figured it to be a perfect time to uncover where to find Warhol, from Toronto to Ottawa, New York to Pittsburgh.
Devotees of Andy Warhol know his 15 minutes are far from being over. The pop artist was a mainstay of the contemporary art scene from the 1950s until his death in 1987, and has continued to be an exhibition superstar ever since. From his early work in advertising and illustration to his interest in video and television, Warhol expressed his vision through a number of media: painting, printing, sculpture, photography, publishing, technology, video and television. His prolific nature led to a massive output of work over his lifetime – work that is now scattered across institutions and private collections around the world.
Warhol was from Pittsburgh and lived and worked for the most part in New York. The eastern half of North America is where much of the output remains, ready to be assembled into exhibitions that ask us to see that work in new ways. Among the latest is Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen. Opening Oct. 30 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, it focuses on a Warhol obsession that became inspiration: the glamour of Hollywood celebrities.
Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival, the exhibit includes more than 800 artifacts collected and created by Warhol, from movie magazines and star photographs to paintings of Marilyn, Liz and Farrah and an extensive film program of Warhol-related titles. Also on display are copies of Interview Magazine, which Warhol started in 1969 so he could gain access to movie premieres and advance screenings.
Curator Geralyn Huxley says this is the first time an exhibit has focused on Warhol’s fascination with Hollywood. “From photos, one-sheets and film magazines he collected as a child, to his paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol was influenced by Hollywood throughout his whole life,” Huxley says.
Organized chronologically, the exhibit starts by explaining how young Andrew Warhola Jr. (that’s what his birth certificate said) would collect images of his favourite stars. Next we see the emerging artist, who was inspired by images of celebrity to create a series of screen prints of famous faces. Then at last we meet the established auteur, who used video and television to prove the power of the image in these emerging technologies.
As his 15 minutes stretches on in the art world, fans of pop art can discover Andy Warhol’s creative legacy on display in several North American cities this fall. Here’s where to find Andy.
Both, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
The Art Gallery of Ontario has hosted multiple Warhol exhibits in past years and has several Warhols in its collection – notably 1964’s Elvis I and II, featuring a double Presley – however, none of the AGO’s Warhols are currently on view. What is on view is Revolver Gallery’s Andy Warhol: Revisited A Pop Art Exhibition. It’s a travelling show featuring more than 120 works from collector Ron Rivlin’s private stash. The prints and photographs include images of Marilyn, Mao, Mickey Mouse, the Campbell Soup series and some of Warhol’s Polaroid portraits. The TIFF Bell Lightbox exhibit Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen opens on Oct. 30 and runs until Jan. 24.
Warhol’s hometown provides the largest collection of his work in one place: the Andy Warhol Museum, which opened in 1994. The archive includes 900 paintings, 100 sculptures, 2,000 works on paper, 1,000 published prints, 4,000 photographs, 60 feature films and more than 4,000 videos. There’s also Warhol on the streets of Pittsburgh. The former Seventh Street Bridge, now the Andy Warhol Bridge, is the only bridge named for a visual artist in America. Then there’s the mural Two Andys, by artists Tom Mosser and Sarah Zeffiro, features Warhol and another famous local: Andrew Carnegie. It was completed in 2005 and is located in downtown Pittsburgh.
There are more than 60 works by Warhol in the permanent collection of the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, and among the highlights is a 1979 black-and-white Warhol portrait by Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. For those wannabe collectors shopping Newbury Street in the Back Bay district, the contemporary Martin Lawrence Galleries offers a wide selection of signed Warhol lithographs and screen prints for sale.
The Art Institute of Chicago has 100 Warhol pieces in its permanent collection, including several screen prints of Warhol’s well-known series, including Flowers and Marilyn Monroe, as well as many Polaroid portraits. Last spring, the Art Institute was bestowed with 42 contemporary works from collectors Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Included in the gift are nine silkscreen prints by Warhol including a 1966 colourful self-portrait. The museum will exhibit the newly enhanced pop art collection in December 2015.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia was selected in 2014 to receive a donation from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and it purchased an Andy Warhol Red Book, a collection of Polaroid images by Warhol contained in a red Holson Polaroid album. Now on display, it features shots of Warhol’s friends and celebrities, as well as the artist’s own handwritten notes on each image.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts recently hosted the travelling exhibit Warhol Mania, an in-depth look the artist’s advertising posters and magazine illustrations. Missed it? That’s all right, visitors to Montreal can still encounter Andy Warhol at the Musée Grévin, the Canadian outpost of a historic Paris-based celebrity wax museum. Of all famous artists, one can imagine Warhol being the most intrigued by the possibility of himself as a wax figure.
New York City
Warhol’s legacy lives on in the city where he flourished as an artist. The Guggenheim has several paintings in its permanent collection, including a recognizable self-portrait from 1986. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has more than 200 works in its permanent collection and recently hosted Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967 to exhibit 32 paintings created in 1962. The Whitney Museum of Art has three works on view from its permanent collection of over 100 Warhols, including Green Coca-Cola Bottles. The Jewish Museum is currently hosting Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn, which explores the private lives of these celebrities as Jewish women and their celebrity image courtesy of Warhol, while The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently featured 12 of Warhol’s Mao prints as part of China Through the Looking Glass at its Costume Institute.
The National Gallery of Canada has several major works by Warhol, including the Brillo Soap Pad Boxes sculpture from 1964 and several serigraphs including 1964’s black-and-white Birmingham Race Riots, five colourful Mao Zedong prints, and Flash: November 22, 1963, a series of 11 prints in commemoration of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. For something Canadian, look for a colourful portrait of Wayne Gretzky, from 1984.
This article was originally published on October 19, 2015