A hardly ever seen collection of work by Andy Warhol featuring drag queens and trans women will be a part of an exhibition at Tate Modern.
The gallery released information this week of its first Warhol exhibit for nearly 20 years, which can showcase the artist by way of the lenses of sexuality, migration, dying and faith.
Highlights will embody not often seen works resembling a 1980 portrait of Debbie Harry and one among his last works – a 10-meter-wide canvas titled Sixty Last Suppers, being exhibited within the UK for the very first time.
The exhibit of the 25 African American and Latinx drag queen and trans girls paintings is a specific coup, curators stated.
“They had been almost always in storage and it was just very beautiful and exciting to pull out these paintings and handle them and begin to look through each and every work.”
Tate curators stated the paintings have been created at a time of increasing public curiosity in gender fluidity. “It is a really amazing portrait of a community in New York at a particular time where trans people would and still do face a lot of injustice and harassment,” stated Moran.
Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, mentioned Warhol was an “artist who feels more relevant and influential today than ever. In today’s climate, it feels important to take a more human and more personal look at somebody who was a very familiar artist.”
The exhibition will showcase over 100 works together with key ones from the pop period together with Marilyn Diptych, 1962; Elvis I and II, 1963-64; and Race Riot, 1964 The exhibition will also feature a few of Warhol’s wigs.
Sixty Last Suppers, considered one of his last works before his demise in 1987, is considered one of a number of paintings that illustrate how themes of faith and mortality recur in his work. It will be displayed in a chapel-like setting.