An Andy Warhol exhibition is to be hosted in Manchester later this month.
Warhol’s most famous works will be displayed at the local Whitworth Art Gallery from 19 November 2016.
The exhibition will shed a light on the opinions of the main Pop Art exponent, art salesman and capitalist.
It will focus on death, politics and identity in a way to tell more of what Warhol was interested in.
Death is particularly close to him. After being shot by female activist Valerie Solanas in 1968, Warhol fought for his life. He was rushed to hospital and revived through a heart massage, which left a deep scar on his torso.
This same scar, photographed by Richard Avedon, recurs frequently in the exhibition. Self-Portrait with Skull (1978) and Self Portrait Strangulation (1978), both of which picture him as Frankenstein, are also strongly advertised.
Politics, and once again death, is shown in The Electric Chairs series (1971). This collection is inspired by the empty death chamber of Communist spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. It represents Warhol’s own tool to express the controversy of death penalty.
Also featuring at the Oxford Road museum are Dollar Sign (1981), Camouflage (1986) and Gun (1981). These works put US policies under scrutiny and question Warhol’s view of his own country.
The exhibition is part of the Artist Rooms collection from the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.
It will be open to the community until 16 April 2017.
TNT Arts & Culture