12 june, 2019
Free lunchtime presentations at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display, designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break. See what these artworks say, and how they connect us with the world – how’s that for “food for thought”?
In June: When Andy Warhol met Wayne Gretzky
In the mid- to late-20th century, when fame and media attention were rising commodities, a celebrity knew that they "made it" when their portrait was done by the great American pop artist Andy Warhol. One of the most curious instances of Warhol's fascination with fame was his 1984 silkscreen portrait of a young Wayne Gretzky. Barely in his twenties, Gretzky was already hailed by many as the greatest hockey player ever, but while portraits of sports icons like Muhammad Ali fit perfectly within the ranks of Warhol's depictions of Marilyn or Mick Jagger, the blond-haired innocent-looking Gretzky clutching his hockey stick reads as an outlier, almost too Canadian for the hip New York artist to have considered. So where did these two great ones meet and how? It's a significant instance of American and Canadian popular culture meeting face-to-face.
Time: 12:15 PM