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Andy Warhol @ The AGO

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”

True to form, in his Philosophy of Andy Warhol, the artist describes a ‘typical’ walk through New York.

‘When I’m walking around New York I’m always aware of the smells around me: the rubber mats in office buildings; upholstered seats in movie theaters; pizza; Orange Julius; espresso-garlic-oregano; burgers; dry cotton tee-shirts; neighborhood grocery stores; chic grocery stores; the hot dogs and sauerkraut carts; hardware store smell; stationery store smell; souvlaki; the leather and rugs at Dunhill, Mark Cross, Gucci…. the wood chairs and tables in the N.Y. Public Library; the donuts, pretzels, gum, and grape soda in the subways; kitchen appliance departments; photo labs; shoe stores; bicycle stores… grease-batter; hair pomade; the good cheap candy smell in the front of Woolworth’s and the dry-goods smell in the back; the horses by the Plaza Hotel; bus and truck exhaust; architects’ blueprints; cumin, fenugreek, soy sauce, cinnamon; fried platanos… newspaper stands; record stores; fruit stands in all the different seasons—strawberry, watermelon, plum, peach, kiwi, cherry, Concord grape, tangerine, murcot, pineapple, apple—and I love the way the smell of each fruit gets into the rough wood of the crates and into the tissue-paper wrappings.’

The ever unique worldview of Andy Warhol will soon be on display in a major career retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario. This exhibition – a collaboration between the AGO, Tate Modern, London, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne – spans four decades and ‘reconsiders the personal, social and political backdrop that influenced Warhol’s groundbreaking art.’ With a delayed opening due to the pandemic, the AGO’s Andy Warhol exhibit is scheduled to ‘open soon.’

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Flowers. 1964

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Elvis I and II. 1963; 1964 (?)

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Self Portrait. 1967

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Ladies and Gentlemen. Wilhelmina Ross. 1975

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Ladies and Gentlemen. Lurdes Wilhelmina Ross. 1975

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Dolly Parton. 1985

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Statue of Liberty (Fabis). 1986

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Header: Untitled from Marilyn Monroe. 1967

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