Andy Warhol exhibit heading to Art Gallery of Ontario in 2021

FILE - In this file photo dated 1976, showing pop artist Andy Warhol smiles in New York. Andy Warhol’s portraits of New York drag queens and trans women are going on display at London’s Tate Modern art gallery, in “a more human and personal look”, that aims to find new angles on the iconic American artist, in a show starting in March 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FILE)

TORONTO – A new Andy Warhol exhibit partly focused on his personal life and sexuality is heading to Toronto.

The Art Gallery of Ontario says a retrospective spanning four decades lands in March 2021.

A key theme will be Warhol’s sexuality, with pieces including his 1963 film “Sleep” starring his lover, the poet John Giorno, and his 1975 series of paintings “Ladies and Gentlemen,” which depicts members of New York City’s LGBTQ community.

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The AGO says the exhibit will include early drawings, iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, experimental films, and his floating piece “Silver Clouds.”

The collection is being organized in collaboration with London’s Tate Modern and the Dallas Museum of Art and features loans from museums and private collections in Europe and North America.

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The AGO’s Kenneth Brummel, associate curator of modern art, says Warhol’s commentary on identity, belief and desire is as relevant and contemporary as ever.

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