Andy Warhol Now
12/12/2020 – 4/18/2021
Andy Warhol (1928–1987) captivated and polarized people with his personality, and his art shaped an entire era. His multifaceted work redefined the boundaries of painting, sculpture, film, and music. As a shy young man from a religious, working-class milieu, Warhol carved his own path into the art world, which was still dominated by Abstract Expressionism. In his early work, personal, often homoerotic drawings stood alongside commissions as a successful advertising illustrator, while his unmistakable screen prints made him the epitome of the new Pop Art movement. He had a lifelong fascination for popular culture. But just as his celebrity portraits and Coca-Cola bottles held a mirror to American society, Warhol stands for a diverse, queer counterculture that found its expression not least in his New York studio, the Factory. This major exhibition illuminates Warhol’s expanded artistic practice against the backdrop of pressing social issues with over 100 works. Key works such as the Elvis Presley series and colorful variations of an electric chair are represented as well as less well-known aspects, which allow for a current view of this artist of the century in a time of political and cultural upheavals. It also illuminates his development as the son of Russian immigrants in Pittsburgh, which is reflected in a complex processing of religious themes and subjects, among other things.
The exhibition is organised by Museum Ludwig and Tate Modern, London in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and Denver Art Museum.
Curated by Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, Stephan Diederich, Curator, Collection of Twentieth-Century Art, Museum Ludwig, Gregor Muir, Director of Collection, International Art and Fiontán Moran, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.