Recently opened is Andy Warhol Revisited at the pop-up gallery space Revolver Gallery (77 Bloor Street West) where 120 of his original works including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, the Campbell Soup Cans, Queen Elizabeth II, plus a rare viewing of John Gotti prints commissioned by the New York Times over the next six months in rotation.
The brainchild of Toronto-born entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, who runs the original Revolver Gallery in Los Angeles, his love for the artist’s work is well founded in this project. “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,” he said. “Warhol was a truly powerful artist, his work still resonates with so many people – he made accessible arts that truly speaks directly to our admiration of pop culture, to both the mundane and icon elements of it.”
Not only will the space, as designed by local firm DesignAgency; house the works, it intends to be a artistic community hub for private and live music events for the duration of the exhibit as well as rotating lecture series that will be posted and updated on its website, plus visitors can engage in its Warhol-inspired gift shop and print wallpaper.
Last but not least is TIFF Lightbox’s (350 King Street West) annual fall blockbuster exhibit in conjunction with Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen focusing on his never-ending examination of celebrity pursuit and his own filmography.
“The Andy Warhol Museum is thrilled to partner with the dynamic team at TIFF Bell Lightbox to bring this star-studded exhibition to our dear neighbour to the north,” said Museum Director Eric Shiner. “We hope that visitors will more fully understand Warhol’s own fame as it relates to his seemingly unquenchable desire to collect the trappings of Hollywood in the form of the varied objects included in the show. Fame fuelled Warhol in so many ways, and his work became a generator of fame, just as it recorded and documented it at the same time.”
Featured in the exhibit are some of his silkscreen prints from Elizabeth Taylor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Polaroids and his earlier Pop drawings, as well as archival materials such as Warhol’s childhood scrapbook of screen idols of the day like Greta Garbo and Kim Novak, screeningS his film work from the underground masterpieces to his campy grindhouse cult classics and special events, talks and contemporary artworks staged throughout Lightbox and a Screen Test Machine – with a refitted Bolex camera like the one Warhol used to film with in his infamous New York Factory art studio – that will allow visitors to film themselves will fill the bill.
“As a major cultural centre, we are thrilled to work with the Andy Warhol Museum to present these unique and fascinating art- and moving-image works by one of the most influential contemporary artists, together with artefacts from his own collection,” said TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling about the original exhibit, as a highlight of TIFF’s fortieth anniversary year starting in September. “It has been nearly thirty years since Andy Warhol’s death, yet his profound influence on the way we interact with and think about celebrity culture is still prevalent and we are very excited to explore that motif in his work in this upcoming exhibition.”