A major retrospective featuring some of the groundbreaking work by artist Andy Warhol is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario in March 2021, it was announced this week, charting his unique take on popular culture, and the personal, social and political factors that influenced him at the time.

Warhol was a 20th-century icon at the centre of Pop Art, and produced a vast body of work, including film and publishing, synthesizing consumer culture, canonical art history, counterculture and his own Catholicism, both reflecting and fuelling the intense cultural transformations of the last century. Warhol died in 1987.

Said Kenneth Brummel, Associate Curator of Modern Art, for the AGO: “Warhol came into the art world from the outside. And while his Pop works of the 1960s are the most famous, Warhol’s engagement with issues of identity, belief and desire in the 50s, 70s and 80s is as relevant and contemporary now as it was in the late twentieth century.”

The exhibit will feature Warhol works from over four decades, loans from museums and private collections in Europe and North America, and organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with the AGO and Dallas Museum of Art.

Key works from Warhol’s Pop period include Marilyn Diptych (1962) from Tate Modern, 100 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) from Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and the AGO’s  Elvis I and II (1963/4). Increasingly drawn to counterculture and the underground, Warhol also blurred the boundaries between the arts throughout his career, experimenting with multimedia, music, live performance and publishing. Combining film projections, strobe lighting, audience participation and the sounds of experimental rock group The Velvet Underground, Warhol’s psychedelic multimedia environment Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966) will be restaged in the exhibition, as will an installation of his floating metallic pillows entitled Silver Clouds.

For more information on the Andy Warhol exhibit, and how to get tickets, head to the Art Gallery of Ontario website.

Jackie Triptych, 1964, Museum Ludwig, © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / SOCAN (2020) Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Self Portrait 1986, Tate, © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / SOCAN (2020), Photo: © Tate, London 2020