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Wonders of Andy Warhol come to Belfast for art exhibition

Gallery hosts £1m show and sale of artist’s work

Warhol’s signed screenprint Ingrid Bergman The Nun
Warhol’s signed screenprint Ingrid Bergman The Nun
Warhol’s his Beethoven TP
Warhol’s signed screenprint Diamond Dust Shoe 257
Andy Warhol

By Lauren Harte

The largest exhibition of Andy Warhol's work ever to be shown in Northern Ireland will be unveiled next month.

The £1m show of the Pop Art guru's icons of the 20th century opens in Belfast on March 2.

Portraits And Party Time, celebrating fame and celebrity, will be on display at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery on the Lisburn Road.

Among the works will be self-portraits of Warhol, along with his famous images of 1950s glamour girl Marilyn Monroe, Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung and boxer Muhammad Ali.

Hollywood greats Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo and world-renowned sportsmen including footballer Pele will also feature alongside several pieces of his Myths Portfolio collection.

Warhol's portrait of Garbo playing the dancer and spy Mata Hari - priced at £68,000 - is screen printed in colour with diamond dust and remains a favourite with collectors worldwide.

Several of the exhibition pieces feature Warhol's diamond dust technique, including his self-portrait The Shadow (£49,000) as well as his Mammy screen print from his Myths Portfolio collection (£38,000).

Warhol also loved to draw shoes and his Diamond Dust Shoe 257 and 253 works will be on show, valued at £120,000.

Monroe is among the artist's most recognisable portraits, and at Gormley's Belfast show collectors can acquire Marilyn Invitation, a signed miniature version of Warhol's Marilyn created for his Print Retrospective 1968-1981 exhibition, for £14,000.

Warhol first gave Belfast "15 minutes of fame" in 2013 when an exhibition of his work went on display here for the first time.

Gallery director Gerard Gormley said the exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for Warhol fans and art collectors to both admire and acquire his work.

Mr Gormley added: "Andy Warhol had an unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time, creating contemporary images that capture the modern imagination. The Star is considered one of the best of the Myths portraits and embodies everything Warhol adored - beauty, celebrity and wealth.

"The diamond dust he incorporated into the screen-printing process adds a wonderful lustre to the work."

His silkscreen-printed images of cultural and consumer icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and the Campbell's soup can made him one of the most famous artists of his generation.

Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he worked as a commercial illustrator before becoming an artist.

He specialised in a wide variety of art forms and genres, including performance, film-making, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics throughout the 1960s up until the 1980s.

Warhol also collaborated with other well-known artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Nearly 30 years after his death, he remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.

The Andy Warhol Museum in his native Pittsburgh holds an extensive permanent collection of his art and archives.

  • The Portraits And Party Time exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery runs until March 19.

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