22 June 2011
Exhibition: Warhol and the Diva, The Lowry, Salford, June 25 – September 25 2011
Andy Warhol was never shy of throwing himself wardrobe-first into the world of his high-profile subjects.
From Marilyn Monroe and Mick Jagger to Liza Minnelli and Jane Fonda, there are a catalogue of stars here, but the transformation of an artist with his own sequinned alter-ego – “it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger”, he tellingly mused – also sees his self-portraits in drag given a revealing focus.
“Warhol admired and adored the subjects he depicted in his work, immersing himself in their lifestyle and living and breathing the glamour of their existence,” says curator Kate Farell, who declares the gallery “honoured” to be hosting this “incredible body of material”, featuring more than 20 original screen prints, Polaroid works and ephemera largely borrowed from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
“Exploring Warhol's fascination with the most revered performers of his generation within the context of The Lowry is a perfect match, allowing us to present internationally renowned artwork with an emphasis on the theatrical.
“I hope our visitors will be as excited by this fascinating collection of works as we are to show it off.”
Open 11am-5pm (10am-5pm Saturday). Admission free.