Warhol and girls, girls, girls...

Story by Jack Foley

THE insatiable quest for all-things Andy Warhol continues at Pollock Fine Art, in Beak Street, this month with the opening of a new exhibition entitled Andy Warhol and Girls on Pop (Pre-pop and pop works from 1956 - 2002).

The exhibition, which follows the high profile Tate Modern showing, should be a must-see for anyone requiring another fix of their favourite artist, post-Tate, as it features a selection of rare pre-pop works from the 1950s. Some of the pieces on show have never been seen outside of the US and one of them (Wrapping Paper 1956) was reworked by Warhol in 1960 and is, according to the gallery, 'arguably one of his first pop works on paper'.

The emphasis of the exhibition is the feminine motif in the work of Warhol and Pop Art, as no other modern movement has been so devoted to divas, reigning queens, film stars, crying girls, shoes and even more shoes!

It is safe to say that Warhol's posthumous fame seems to have surpassed the peaks achieved during his life and the early examples of his work are likely to be of special interest to any fan/collector wishing to complete the Warhol picture.

Exhibition highlights are sure to include Warhol's original watercolours over lithograph, including a 'must-see' combination with a photograph by Marlene Dietrich. Others range from Warhol's Mick Jagger, Dracula, Brillo and Lenin, and Jackie III (main picture), to Roy Lichtenstein's monumental Wallpaper with Blue Floor Interior (102 x 150 inches) and Gavin Turk's self portrait as Sid Vicious.

The exhibition, like the Hans Bellmer and more dolls exhibition running alongside it, previewed from April 3 and opens on Wednesday, April 17, with a special charity evening in aid of Crusaid, the UK's national fundraising charity for HIV and AIDS, supporting projects in the UK and in developing countries.

But fear not, there is plenty of time to get there, as the exhibition runs until June 1, and is open between the hours of noon and 7pm, from Monday to Saturday.

Pollock Fine Art, 21 Beak Street, off Regent Street, London, W1. Tel: 020 7434 9947.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 7pm.

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