Andy Warhol fans in Toronto are in for a tense year, waiting for a new blockbuster exhibit of the legendary artist’s works. Four decades of Warhol will be explored at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new show, titled simply Andy Warhol, coming in March 2021.
Warhol’s images are instantly recognizable, and this exhibit is set to look at the personal, social and political backdrop that influenced his art. He brought a unique perspective to the 20th-century canon: he was shy, gay and from a working-class, East European immigrant background. Warhol’s parents were born in the village of Mikova, Slovakia, but moved to the U.S. and to Pittsburgh, Pa., where Andrew Warhola was born in 1928.
“Warhol came into the art world from the outside,” says Kenneth Brummel, the AGO’s associate curator of modern art, who’ll be overseeing the exhibit. “While we generally associate Warhol with the 1960s and Pop, his art, when seen as a whole, has much to say about belief, identity and desire that is as relevant and contemporary now as it was when it was made in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.”
His art’s themes addressed synthesized consumer culture, art history, countercultural activities and Catholicism, while also reflecting cultural transformations going on around the world at the time, as well as influencing and fuelling those transformations.
In this context, get set to see some of his early drawings, iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, experimental films and the floating work “Silver Clouds” (1966).
Warhol’s work was always experimental, blurring boundaries in multimedia, music, live performance and publishing. One particularly exciting part of the AGO show will combine film projections, strobe lighting, dancers and the sounds of the rock group The Velvet Underground — longtime collaborators with Warhol — to restage his psychedelic multimedia environment the “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” (1966) alongside the floating metallic pillows of “Silver Clouds.”
His Pop period will be featured with “Marilyn Diptych” (1962) from the Tate Modern, “100 Campbell’s Soup Cans” (1962) from the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and “Elvis I and II” (1963/4) from the AGO’s own collection.
Another theme that will feature in the exhibition is Warhol’s sexuality, including a selection of early nudes he drew in the 1950s; “Sleep,” a 1963 film starring his lover John Giorno; and his 1975 series “Ladies and Gentlemen,” paintings which memorialize members of New York City’s transgender community.
The exhibition is being co-organized by the Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig in Cologne, in collaboration with the AGO and the Dallas Museum of Art and features loans from museums and private collections in Europe, Asia and North America.
Admission to the show is included in the $35 AGO annual pass which is free if you are 25 years and under.
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Smithers Art Gallery and Bulkley Valley Museum now open to the public – My Bulkley Lakes Now
The Smithers Art Gallery and The Bulkley Valley Museum have reopened to the public.
As of Monday(June 1), the gallery and the museum have opened and will be operating Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.
According to Smithers Art Gallery Manager Nicole Chernish, the planned exhibitions have been postponed until 2021 but artists who were invited to have exhibitions this year to provide work in a pop-up gallery.
Artists that will be featured in the gallery are Sarah Zimmerman, Mark Tworow, and Emily Klassen.
Chernish said getting the gallery ready for reopening was nerve-racking but now that they are open it feels amazing.
“It feels absolutely fantastic. We’ve got all this fantastic art on the walls and it just feels really refreshing and satisfying to have that visual art surrounding me so I can’t wait until we have more people come in and experience that for themselves,” she said.
Chernish added on the first day of the reopening the gallery had six people walkthrough.
She called it fantastic due to having a max capacity of five people for the building.
According to Chernish, during the gallery’s closure, they moved a lot of their content online, so they could still interact with the community.
Chernish said having the virtual exhibitions was difficult because they haven’t done a lot of them on their own.
“I think people are able to access it but it doesn’t feel quite the same as coming into a gallery and seeing a piece of art right in front of you so, I think it’s been an adjustment not only for the gallery but for visitors as well,” she said.
The Lakes District Museum is also open and the Witset Museum is set to open on Friday (June 5).
Local artists participating in upcoming national arts drive – OrilliaMatters
On June 20, many creatives in our area are participating in a country-wide National Arts Drive, organized by RAW Artists and Orillia native Michelle Bylow. This event was originally scheduled for June 5, but has been moved to later in the month.
Creatives in all areas —art, music, performing arts, film, fashion, photography, craft, beauty — as well as cultural institutions and local restaurants nation-wide are invited to showcase their work to a driving, socially distanced audience for attention, tips, and hopefully sales.
Local musician Olivia Duck will be participating, along with various other drop-in members of the band, Hobo Jam.
“We will be located at 77 Lewis Drive in Orillia. It will be a Hobo Jam collective performance featuring myself, Jakob Pierce, Jamie Drake, and Dennis Rizzo. Perhaps other drop-in musicians as well. We will do a variety of music which will be jammed out as we aren’t officially rehearsing at this time for obvious reasons,” said Duck.
Several artists and galleries along Peter Street between Mississaga and Colborne streets will be out, including Patti Agapi, MJ Pollak and Molly Farquharson from Hibernation Arts.
“We will have tables out showcasing our art, and of course participants are welcome to stop, park, and safely come into the gallery to view and purchase,” Farquharson said.
RAW artists executive director Bylow is excited about this first-time event.
“We have expanded the event to include local eateries and food trucks,” Bylow said. “We have partnered with the Orillia District Arts Council to spread the word to local artists.”
Anitta Hamming’s Creative Nomad Studios will also be participating, through the gallery’s 2020 Unlimited show, on display now in the windows of the gallery.
She said “2020 Unlimited is all set up for an event like this. We have over 30 works of art in the windows of the gallery and drivers can safely purchase through our website. We hope to see lots of drivers out and are excited to be part of this event,” said Hamming.
The event will be live in our area on June 20 from 4 to 7 p.m., and the map will go live the night before. There is also an app you can download. For this and other information about the National Arts Drive, go to their website.
Would you like to support art and an important cultural institution in our town? Orillia Museum of Arts and History’s (OMAH) online art auction, QuarARTine is now live!
This auction will run from now until the end of September. Twenty new pieces of 6-inch by 6-inch art will be posted every 20 days. You can purchase art outright for $30 or bid on it and see how high it goes!
All proceeds will go towards OMAH which of course is suffering in these pandemic times. Many items of the first 20 are already sold, only three days in, so check in often to get your first choice. For more information and to bid, go here.
This week’s Essential Concert series will feature Sean and Bayze Murray, of the local band, Reay. Reay’s debut single, Lemondrop Girl, is available for download and you can purchase the band’s debut album, Butterfly Tongue Revisited, here.
Tune in to listen to Sean and Bayze live on the Essential Concert series this Thursday at 8 p.m. here.
Local dance therapist Miriam Goldberger is involved in an amazing event this week to celebrate Seniors’ Month. Young at Art presents Golden Hour this Thursday June 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. This is a virtual interactive event for older adults, presented through Zoom.
There will be an interactive sing-a-long with music therapist Thyra Andrews, an improv dance with Miriam, and a co-created art experience with Tonya Hart. You can get your Zoom invite by emailing email@example.com. Enjoy!
Have a sunny first weekend in June and send me your arts news by Tuesday at noon, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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