Andy Warhol's Stars, Deaths and Disasters at the AGO
Date: 7 Jul 2006 | | Views: 23675
Andy Warhol, Silver Liz as Cleopatra, 1963, silver paint, silkscreen ink and pencil on linen. Art Gallery of Ontario, gift of Mrs. Else Landauer, in memory of her husband, Walter Landauer, 1979. Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts / ARS (New York) / SODRAC (Montreal) 2006.
The Art Gallery of Ontario presents the exhibit Andy Warhol / Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964 through October 22. Guest-curated exclusively for the AGO by film director David Cronenberg, Andy Warhol / Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964 focuses on one of the most influential periods in the artist's life. Combining both paintings and films, the exhibition features not only well-known serial images of Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor, but also disturbing disaster imagery that includes car crashes, criminals and electric chairs.
The AGO is the only venue that combines Warhol's rarely seen underground films with his painted works. A complimentary soundtrack, conceived and narrated by David Cronenberg, accompanies the exhibition, and features commentary by key players from the 60s, including Dennis Hopper, Amy Taubin and James Rosenquist. Cronenberg on Warhol, a CD version of the soundtrack with bonus tracks, is available from the Gallery Shop for $9.95.