Coming Soon: Canada’s Largest Andy Warhol Exhibit

June 10th, 2015

Toronto’s art scene, both underground and mainstream, has seen several huge names breeze into town the last couple of years – Basquiat most noticeably among them. It’s fitting, then, that one of Basquiat’s good friends is the focal point of Toronto’s next must-see gallery attraction – Andy Warhol!


LA’s Revolver Gallery focuses on exclusively Warhol pieces for sale, but it’s owner, GTA-born Ron Rivlin wanted to take his show on the road. “Being a native of Toronto, the city holds a very special place in my heart. It is an important part of the person I am today, and I feel compelled to give back to Toronto with this exhibition,” he said.

Self portrait, Andy Warhol, 1978
Self portrait by Andy Warhol, 1978


What pieces can we expect to see? For now, that’s largely under wraps. What we do know is that there will be more than 120 pieces, including Warhol’s most famous works – the Campbell’s Soup cans, original silk-screen portraits of Marilyn Monroe, and Mick Jagger, to start. Though unconfirmed, we’re hoping the expansive show will include some of Warhol’s more memorable collaborations, like Keith Haring or the aforementioned Basquiat.

Arm and Hammer II by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquait
Arm and Hammer II by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquait, acrylic & silkscreen, 1985

This exhibit goes far beyond Rivlin’s personal (and enviable) collection, including pieces from other private collectors, museums, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The multi-level attraction will also include elements from Warhol’s infamous New York City studio, The Factory, as well as audio and video installations. There’ll even be an app you can download on your arrival.


Marilyn Monroe portraits, 1962
Marilyn Monroe portraits by Andy Warhol, silkscreen, 1962

In the exhibit’s 6-month run, Torontonians can also look forward to event series and lectures.

Eight Elvises by Andy Wahol, 1963, silkscreen

A similar, but smaller-scale, Warhol exhibit also run by Revolver saw upwards of 50,000 attendants in two months – so make sure you stop by this one! Find it at 77 Bloor St W from July 1 to December 31. See you there!

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