Warhol’s soup cans and psychedelic dancing stars of Tate exhibition



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Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup cans and frenetic, interpretive dancing are to feature in a major Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern.

The Warhol show was announced on Tuesday as part of Tate’s 2020 exhibition programme across its four UK galleries. It includes the scandalous drawings of Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain, the tropical Guatemala-inspired paintings of Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool, and the constructivist sculptures and designs of Naum Gabo at Tate St Ives.

The biggest name is Warhol, with a major six-month show opening in March next year.

Tate said it would present Warhol as a shy outsider who was at the heart of American art and culture, someone who “reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change”.

Aliza Nisenbaum’s London Underground: Brixton Station and Victoria Line Staff, 2018-19
Aliza Nisenbaum’s London Underground: Brixton Station and Victoria Line Staff, 2018-19. Photograph: Aliza Nisenbaum/Art on the Underground

The gallery said there would be Warhol works many people were familiar with, including his pop images of the soup cans and Monroe. There will also be more rarely seen work from the 1970s that, curators argue, show his skills as a painter.

Warhol’s psychedelic Exploding Plastic Inevitable performances will be featured. Events that took place in 1966-67, they were a wild sensory collision of music, film, lights and dancing. They included music by the Velvet Underground, screenings of Warhol’s films, strobe lighting and interpretive dancing by Warhol’s clique of friends and followers.

Other Tate Modern shows in 2020 will feature Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, and Zanele Muholi, a South African activist and artist who has spent many years creating a visual archive of black lesbian life in her home country.

Steve McQueen 2009 video still
Steve McQueen Static 2009 video still. Photograph: Steve McQueen/Thomas Dane Gallery/Marian Goodman Gallery

At Tate Liverpool, there will be the first major UK show for the American artist Theaster Gates and a new commission from the Mexican artist Aliza Nisenbaum, in which she seeks to “capture Liverpool” in a new painting.

Tate Britain’s programme will include an exploration of British art in the baroque age and a career survey of the British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, known for her portraits of imagined black characters.

Maria Balshaw, the Tate director, said the 2020 exhibitions would “reflect what we do best”.

She added: “New scholarship will reveal some of the great figures of art history as you’ve never seen them before, while major shows of contemporary art will give a platform to exciting and innovative artists working around the world today.”

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