Santa Monica Lookout
|Warhol Exhibit to Celebrate Revolver Gallery's New Santa Monica Home||
By Lookout Staff
January 9, 2017 -- Andy Warhol's works recently found a new home in Santa Monica, and fans of the iconic pop artist can view some of his most famous works during an opening reception Tuesday.
Revolver Gallery, home to the largest gallery-owned collection of Warhol's works, will celebrate its move from Beverly Hills to Bergamot Station with the stateside premiere of "Andy Warhol: Revisited," an exhibition that includes more than 150 multi-media works.
On exhibit will be the silkscreens that jolted an art-world that had been dominated by the abstract expressionists since the 1940s with flat eye-catching images that seemed to be produced by aesthetic machines.
On display in the wall-to-wall, salon-style exhibition curated by Ron Rivlin and Korbin Coskey will be images that have become ingrained in the American consciousness.
"Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe intermingle with cowboys, Kennedys, electric chairs and glamorous transvestites," according to the gallery's announcement of the show, which premiered in Toronto in 2015 and traveled throughout Canada, .
The famous Silver Factory, where the former advertising illustrator cranked out works with an army of collaborators and assistants, will be recreated in the Billy Name room, a silver-walled projection room where Warhol's films will be screened.
Name, the photographer who created the Factory's aesthetic and design, will give a talk during the exhibition, which also features interactive installations, themed rooms, audio tours and Revolver's latest acquisition -- Warhol's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, which will be on display to the public for the first time.
"With an emphasis on Warhol’s unique artistic language and lasting social impact on our culture, we hope to immerse visitors in an experience they will both enjoy and learn from," gallery officials said.
Revolver Gallery announced in October that it would move into a 4,000 square-foot space at Bergamot Station, a collection of galleries next to the Santa Monica City Yards.
"We are always looking for the best way to showcase Warhol’s grandeur collections," gallery officials said in a statement announcing the move. "We have found a new, larger space to better service his classic artwork and fulfill his avant-garde mission."
Bergamot, which was formerly an abandoned water heater factory, has been converted "into an artistic hot spot," officials said. "Its abundant art galleries are one of the area’s must-see destinations and Revolver is excited to join the community."
The move comes after the beach city's dwindling visual art scene received a major blow when the Santa Monica Museum of Art announced it would move to Downtown Los Angeles and shed its Santa Monica identity ("Santa Monica Museum of Art Finds New Home in Downtown LA," May 10, 2016).
Editor's note: A previous version of this article made several references to Revolution Gallery. It is Revolver Gallery.
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