The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto has put the spotlight on Andy Warhol with a retrospective exhibition running July 21, 2021 – October 24, 2021. The blockbuster exhibition calls visitors to reconsider the backdrop that influenced Warhol’s groundbreaking art. The show features 250 of Warhol’s iconic works exploring themes such as culture, consumerism, and sexuality.
Visitors are likely most familiar with Warhol’s portraits of American celebrities, but an Andy Warhol exhibition set in Toronto of course requires a Canadian flair. The AGO’s exhibition highlights Warhol’s connection to Canada through portraits of prominent Canadians such as ballerina Karen Kain and hockey player Wayne Gretzky. Paintings, drawings and multimedia works captivate gallery goers through the visual journey through the artist’s biographical life in artwork.
This exhibition was organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. It is curated by Gregor Muir, Director of Collection, International Art, and Fiontán Moran, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern; and Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, and Stephan Diederich, Curator, Collection of Twentieth-Century Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Curated at Art Gallery of Ontario by Kenneth Brummel, Associate Curator, Modern Art.