The installation features paintings and prints of Hollywood stars, sporting legends and musicians - including Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali and Dolly Parton, among others - alongside filmed portraits described as “screen tests” of 60s counter-culture icons. The installation will also include Andy Warhol-designed wallpaper and Warhol’s ground-breaking work, Silver Clouds. The artworks will be accompanied by rarely-seen archival photographs, including Hollywood publicity photos and Polaroid portraits made in his studio and later utilised as source material for his paintings and prints.
From his childhood in industrial Pittsburgh, Warhol gazed at Hollywood glamour and dreamed of escaping to be a part of that world. As Warhol achieved that dream, becoming one of the world’s most famous artists, he also came to understand that fame comes with many complications.
Focusing in on the notion of celebrity, the exhibition draws a line between the artists’ reflections on society then, to contemporary culture, highlighting Warhol’s ongoing relevance to the next generation and new audiences.