Andrew Warhol Jr., better known by his pseudonym, Andy Warhol, was one of the fathers of Pop Art, the artistic movement born in England in the 1950s and later famous throughout the world, thanks to works such as Campbell’s Soup Cans from 1962 or the color serigraphy dedicated to Marilyn Monroe from 1967.
The Tate Modern in London, at the behest of its co-curator Gregor Muir, will host a retrospective dedicated to the great artist next year, showing, among others, unpublished portraits of drag queens and transsexual women who posed for him in 1974, in the famous club on the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 45th Street. The research of the Andy Warhol Foundation has identified most of these paintings, many of which were part of private collections; others, instead, had simply been put in storage and almost forgotten. Among the works that apparently will be exhibited, it seems that the one that portrays Marsha P. Johnson, the US activist who was one of the most significant presences in the Stonewall uprisings of 1969, will also appear.
A portrait of Marsha P. Johnson
Warhol has undoubtedly been a precursor of the times, dealing with LGBT + issues ; Today, despite the progress made, both at the legislative level and at the social level, turning a focus on these protagonists of the past serves to remind us of what still needs to be done, and the meaning of those struggles.