Andy Warhol Revisited opens in Toronto today and gives you the opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of original Warhol prints and paintings. Located in a 4,200 square foot pop-up gallery space at 77 Bloor Street West (it used to be the Guess storefront in Yorkville). They cleansed the Guess-ness out of the place, and called in DesignAgency to help transform the space into a gallery with a bit of a R’n’R aesthetic.
Los-Angeles based Revolver Gallery, who are hosting and curating Andy Warhol Revisited, which includes portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Mickey Mouse, Queen Elizabeth, the Dollar Sign Canvas, the Campbell’s Soup Cans, a rare series of prints of John Gotti commissioned by the New York Times and many more. They will rotate more than 120 historic Warhol pieces throughout the exhibit’s six-month run.
“I can’t wait to share my passion for Andy Warhol and his incredible work through this exhibition in my hometown of Toronto, a city that I love and respect,” said Ron Rivlin, founder of Revolver Gallery. “Warhol was a truly powerful artist, his work still resonates with so many people – he made accessible art that speaks directly to our admiration of popular culture, to both the mundane and iconic elements of it.”
We were able to check out the exhibit and space, and chat with Ryland Behrens, the gallery Director. He’s such an interesting guy, his knowledge of Warhol is unbelievable, and he’s super nice. If you see him at the exhibition or around the city, make sure to welcome him to Toronto. That’s Ryland standing next to his favourite piece in the exhibit – it was my favourite as well. It’s titled ‘Shadow’ and is part of the series that is the closest Warhol got to the abstract expressionist group. This piece is signed and inscribed ‘Merry Christmas Halston’ on the back and signed and dated ‘Andy Warhol /77′.
You can get your own tour by downloading the Andy Warhol Revisited Audio Tour app to help you navigate the exhibit for an engaging and educational tour of Warhol’s history as well as additional background and historical information about the artwork on view.
The exhibit will be open to the public daily beginning Wednesday, July 1. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 8pm from July 1 until December 31, 2015, admission to Andy Warhol Revisited is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $5 for students (full-time with ID) and youth (6 to 17), kids (under 5) free – and 20 per cent off for groups of 10 or more. Here’s a few more shots we took during our visit.
The gallery will also host private events, live music events as well as a rotating lecture series. The schedule and ticket information for special events will be posted and updated on the exhibition’s website.