Anyone glancing through Andy Warhol’s lengthy catalogue can immediately see how the famous pop-artist’s vivid colours and repeated images were often intended to highlight the culture surrounding mass media.
Appropriately, Warhol’s fascination with mass media comes full circle on the opening day of the Andy Warhol: Revisited exhibit, as an abundance of show-goers took the opportunity to Instagram their experiences.
Located just off Bay station at 77 Bloor St. West, the exhibit features some of Warhol’s most notable artwork — ranging from Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn — to unique, lesser-known portraits of Georges Marciano and Mao Zedong. Hosted by Revolver, a Beverly Hills-based gallery, the exhibit was initially founded by Toronto-based entrepreneur Ron Rivlin.
Upon entering, visitors are greeted by a wall of Campbell’s soup cans and a portrait of the iconic artist himself. From a young age, Warhol was fascinated by the world of celebrities — a fact that becomes evident when walking through the rooms full of portraits of famous and influential people.
The artist’s work was greatly inspired by commercialism; being heavily involved in advertising, his artwork aimed to portray the bridge between culture, fashion, and fame. His work depicted not only the bright and flashy side of celebrity life, but also the repetitive and artificial nature of the industry. Through the usage of printmaking and photography, Warhol portrayed the ruthless nature of magazines, television, and movie glamour.
The exhibit also showcases silkscreen demonstrations of printmaking, as well as presentations from critics and keynote speakers. Audio tours are also available to provide the history behind the art as well as interesting facts about each piece.
As Warhol once said, “pop art is for everyone”: here, you’re guaranteed to find something of interest.
The Andy Warhol: Revisited exhibition runs at 77 Bloor St. West until December 31.