Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA and Enbridge partnership brings major Warhol exhibition to Alberta

AGA and Enbridge partnership brings major Warhol exhibition to Alberta

Exhibition part of new, multi-year partnership focused on contemporary and modern art

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2011

EDMONTON, ABThe Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to announce a three-year partnership between the AGA and Enbridge Pipelines Inc. that will facilitate the creation and presentation of contemporary and modern art exhibitions at the AGA.

The partnership launches with the exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured, which will kick off the AGA’s summer season on May 28, 2011. This exhibition of Warhol’s work is the largest ever to show in Edmonton, and the AGA is the only Canadian venue for its presentation.

“We welcome Enbridge to our growing list of remarkable corporate sponsors! Private Sector support is key to our success as a not-for-profit charity. In supporting modern and contemporary art, Enbridge has taken a lead in providing the AGA, one of Canada’s largest art galleries, the support required to bring on-going meaningful art experiences to Albertans”, said AGA Executive Director Gilles Hébert. “The Warhol exhibition is central to our plans for our most exciting summer yet and we look forward to welcoming huge numbers of visitors to this exceptional exhibition. What a great way to launch our new multi-year partnership!”

ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured reveals the complex personality of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, the “father of Pop”, Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928–February 22, 1987). The exhibition explores Warhol’s interest in American consumer culture, mass production, celebrity and the invention of personas and realities, taking visitors beyond the surface, beyond the commercial and into the world that Warhol so carefully manufactured.

This important exhibition features work from the artist’s personal collection, spanning every decade of the artist’s career, including early drawings and commercial illustrations, iconic work of the 1960s and works just prior to his death in 1987, such as the major piece The Last Supper. The exhibition features rarely exhibited drawings, large-scale, iconic works on canvas, as well as Polaroid portraits, Heinz ketchup boxes and small-scale sculptures. Also included are Warhol’s portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Judy Garland and several selections from the Campbell’s Soup series. An emphasis on media offers a broad perspective on Warhol’s work, ranging from performance-based works, to voyeur-inspired video recordings, to works created for the commercial market.

ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured is curated by Julie Decker and organized by the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska with works on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The AGA will present Warhol-inspired programming and events throughout the summer, beginning with a late night art party in the AGA’s Refinery series on June 4, 2011. Tickets for the Refinery ‘Factory Party’ are on sale now for AGA Members and will be available to the general public on May 16.

The AGA’s summer line-up also includes Sarah Fuller: My Banff, presented in the RBC New Works Gallery from May 28 to August 7, 2011, and TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980, the first major exhibition to track the influence and diversity of Conceptual Art as it was produced in Canada during the 1960s and 1970s, on view from June 25 to September 25, 2011.

Please see attached Fact Sheets for more exhibition information and a complete list of programs and events, or visit youraga.ca.

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

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The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.