A veteran photojournalist on the Toronto arts and entertainment scene, Julian Bynoe is a Toronto-based cartoonist, artist and arts blogger. From 1996 to 2014, he was the arts/entertainment editor for the street publication The Outreach Connection, and has had articles featured in Realms Magazine, among others.
Toronto plays second home to three Andy Warhol exhibits around town starting this summer
Pop-Art guru Andy Warhol’s early textile works currently are on display at The Textile Museum of Canada’s show, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, one of many Warhol exhibits around Toronto this year.
All the sudden it seems Toronto has adopted Pittsburgh’s favourite son and pop-art icon Andy Warhol as three unprecedented exhibits that are going to find spaces around town between now and early 2016 that will discuss and display his famous works about twenty-seven years since his death continues to influence and fascinate art lovers and practitioners.
Currently at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Street) is the group exhibit Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol of 200 works of 19th- and 20th-century textile designs by artists from Europe and the Americas of all art movements from Fauvism to Pop Art, some that have never been seen in public before; trying to find lines blurring fine art and design that Warhol entered briefly in the early 1960s in designing food-related patterns that have only come to light, as well as other works by Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Sonia Delaunay, among others, on display.
Recently opened is Andy Warhol Revisited at the pop-up gallery space Revolver Gallery (77 Bloor Street West) where 120 of his original works including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, the Campbell Soup Cans, Queen Elizabeth II, plus a rare viewing of John Gotti prints commissioned by the New York Times over the next six months in rotation.
The brainchild of Toronto-born entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, who runs the original Revolver Gallery in Los Angeles, his love for the artist’s work is well founded in this project. “I can’t wait to share my passion for Andy Warhol and his incredible work through this exhibition in my hometown of Toronto, a city that I love and respect,” he said. “Warhol was a truly powerful artist, his work still resonates with so many people – he made accessible arts that truly speaks directly to our admiration of pop culture, to both the mundane and icon elements of it.”
Not only will the space, as designed by local firm DesignAgency; house the works, it intends to be a artistic community hub for private and live music events for the duration of the exhibit as well as rotating lecture series that will be posted and updated on its website, plus visitors can engage in its Warhol-inspired gift shop and print wallpaper.
Last but not least is TIFF Lightbox’s (350 King Street West) annual fall blockbuster exhibit in conjunction with Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen focusing on his never-ending examination of celebrity pursuit and his own filmography.
“The Andy Warhol Museum is thrilled to partner with the dynamic team at TIFF Bell Lightbox to bring this star-studded exhibition to our dear neighbour to the north,” said Museum Director Eric Shiner. “We hope that visitors will more fully understand Warhol’s own fame as it relates to his seemingly unquenchable desire to collect the trappings of Hollywood in the form of the varied objects included in the show. Fame fuelled Warhol in so many ways, and his work became a generator of fame, just as it recorded and documented it at the same time.”
Featured in the exhibit are some of his silkscreen prints from Elizabeth Taylor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Polaroids and his earlier Pop drawings, as well as archival materials such as Warhol’s childhood scrapbook of screen idols of the day like Greta Garbo and Kim Novak, screeningS his film work from the underground masterpieces to his campy grindhouse cult classics and special events, talks and contemporary artworks staged throughout Lightbox and a Screen Test Machine – with a refitted Bolex camera like the one Warhol used to film with in his infamous New York Factory art studio – that will allow visitors to film themselves will fill the bill.
“As a major cultural centre, we are thrilled to work with the Andy Warhol Museum to present these unique and fascinating art- and moving-image works by one of the most influential contemporary artists, together with artefacts from his own collection,” said TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling about the original exhibit, as a highlight of TIFF’s fortieth anniversary year starting in September. “It has been nearly thirty years since Andy Warhol’s death, yet his profound influence on the way we interact with and think about celebrity culture is still prevalent and we are very excited to explore that motif in his work in this upcoming exhibition.”
Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol runs through to October 4; Andy Warhol Revisited runs through to December 31 and Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen begins this October 30 to January 24, 2016, details to be announced. For tickets/information, phone 416-599-5321 or textilesmuseum.ca (Artist Textiles),warholrevisited.com (Warhol Revisited) and 416-599-8433/tiff.net (TIFF Lightbox).
Left-right: Canadian acts Cirque du Soleil and pop/rocker Serena Ryder and Haitian-American legend Wyclef Jean kick-off the PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square festival this weekend.
Just as it signed off on another year hosting the Toronto Jazz Festival, Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) will come alive again with the sound of music and entertainment for the free PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square starting with the Opening Weekend headliner acts for the 35-day arts and cultural festival component to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this Saturday (July 11) with two superstar acts, Canada’s Serena Ryder and Grammy-winning musician/producer/activist Wyclef Jean.
This Friday's (July 10) events will start at 5 p.m. with live entertainment in the Square and at 8 p.m., the Opening Ceremony live feed from host broadcaster CBC will begin. The hosts for the evening will be Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila and actor/comedian Rick Miller, creator and star of the PANAMANIA presentation Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Our nation’s globally celebrated neo-circus Cirque du Soleil will perform their one-night-only original ceremony production with its revolutionary stagecraft, acrobatics and pageantry to welcome the 40 countries and territories of the Americas to Canada at the Pan Am Opening Ceremonies Venue at 1 Blue Jays Way. Their theatrical and cultural elements of the Opening Ceremony will frame iconic moments such as the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Pan Am cauldron to officially open the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
The Juno-winning, platinum recording artist Ryder will perform her rock-pop styling along with her singing the official 2015 Pan Am Games song “Together We Are One,” Jean brings his two decades of music grounded in Haitian roots, rock, R&B, hip-hop and reggae, including his latest single “Divine Sorrow,” which he wrote and produced with superstar DJ and producer Avicii.
Also performing this weekend will be a variety of acts from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. for July 11 are Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, Joaquin Diaz, Lula All-Stars, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Radio Radio, Grand Bateria and Brass and Systema Solar; and on July 12 is Indian City, Soul Motivators, Federal Lights, Chin Injeti, Jill Barber, BadBadNotGood and Death from Above 1979, including free nightly medal ceremonies and fireworks displays.
PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square events are FREE July 11 to August 12. For more information, visit toronto2015.org/panamania.
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